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4,840 Ratings


Directed by Mike Leigh
United Kingdom, 1993


Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very much like his own.

Our take

An unforgettable David Thewlis propels Mike Leigh’s searing classic with gripping, manic dark humor and a probing, desperate search for life’s meaning, garnering the actor and the director with much deserved awards at Cannes.

Naked Directed by Mike Leigh

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1993 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

Independent Spirit Awards

1994 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Toronto International Film Festival

1993 | Winner: Metro Media Award

Naked is far and away Leigh’s bleakest and most brutal film—a character study of a sociopath who wounds people emotionally rather than killing them, yet implicitly reserves his harshest attacks for himself. This is what happens, it says, when the human soul is stripped of its protective layer of civility and compassion.
November 06, 2013
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More than a model for self-empowerment or a cautionary effigy, however, I have recognized the potential of Johnny’s near-fungal lifestyle as a far more potent influence on critical voice. Johnny is, in many ways, a termite critic par excellence… He processes all information with shamanic alarmism, fashioning batshit, species-wide conspiracy theories that are either useful subterfuge or clever self-validation for his incessant anxiety.
July 11, 2011
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Mike Leigh’s improvisational approach to filmmaking… has elicited powerful performances from Thewlis and Cartlidge, who create characters as equally likable as they are pathetic… There is an uncomfortable and exceptionally heartbreaking scene where Sophie, after a forced sexual encounter with an unwanted guest, lies in fetal position, visibly convulsing on the floor. Naked is Mike Leigh’s devastating, caustic vision of life without roots, hope… or heart.
January 01, 1998
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