People Staff
February 03, 1999 12:00 AM

Critics were all over the map on Stanley Kubrick’s much-anticipated “Eyes Wide Shut,” which opened Friday. “The dirtiest movie of 1958,” crowed The Washington Post, which used words such as “creaky” and “hopelessly out of touch” to describe the bedroom odyssey starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. The New York Times found the same film “astonishing . . . a spellbinding addition to the Kubrick canon.” The New York Post pronounced it a dud; the Daily News appreciated it. Cruise is “superb,” thought the Wall Street Journal, while Variety compared his performance to that of (the miscast) Ryan O’Neal in Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon.”

  • “It’s a movie you should see a second time to appreciate fully its themes of love and lust and trust and truth,” opined PEOPLE Magazine’s Leah Rozen, “but the idea of sitting through it again anytime soon may be about as alluring as eating a hairball.”

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