This movie gets under your skin in such an indescribable way. It's erotic, but not sexy - tense, but not scary. The score, the colors and framing, the acting - all creates this consistently engaging dream-like trance. I love the questions it raises about masculinity, relationships, social status. But most of all, I love it because I don't quite know why I love it...it has a quality impossible to put into words.
without a doubt the best kubrick film, it's the only one of his films i really love. love the use of lighting, it's clearly his most bergman-influenced film, enthralling meditation on the nature of love, sex and the possibly futility of monogamy, the dialogue throughout is strangely theatrical, a lot of the sequences are beautifully dream-like and it's the only one of his films that isn't blatantly a genre film.
Sensual and sexy "close" film making: perfect soft bokeh. This film glows. Some of the most complex acting and characters ever put to screen. Complain all you want about the casting - few would have fit as well as Cruise and Kidman. Their melodramatic & sarcastic styles fit perfectly into their flirty-filthy roles. A goldmine of monologues. A minimalist story in which dreams become reality and part of the arc plot.