Bitter Moon Summary

Everything you need to understand or teach Bitter Moon.

  • 9 Literature Criticisms
Follow Us on Facebook

Study Pack

The Bitter Moon Study Pack contains:

Essays & Analysis (9)

860 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Rainer comments that Bitter Moon is disappointingly conventional in its attempts to shock the spectator, observing that the film is “like a dirty joke that somehow got ... Read more
1,227 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Johnson asserts that Bitter Moon, effectively fluctuates between parody and melodrama, despite Polanski's penchant for “bad taste and carnal excess.” In B... Read more
1,157 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Kauffmann assesses three films starring actor Hugh Grant—Bitter Moon, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Sirens—and argues that Bitter Moon is the worst of the thr... Read more
412 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Simon faults Bitter Moon as a work of soft-core pornography lacking in genuine eroticism, effective performances, or skilled direction. One might pass over Bitter Moon, in sil... Read more
927 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Romney praises Bitter Moon as an underrated film that effectively uses irony and excess in order to deconstruct the conventional romantic love story. L'amour toujours, ... Read more
2,896 words, approx. 10 pages
In the following essay, Gritten comments on the explicit sexual content in Bitter Moon and discusses the film with Polanski and his actors. Roman Polanski is on the run. Here he is at the Studios Bill... Read more
1,162 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Graffy offers a negative assessment of Bitter Moon, calling the film a “lazy male fantasy” that is “shot through with a nasty, prurient misogyny.” ... Read more
881 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Billson asserts that Bitter Moon, while undoubtedly a male fantasy, accurately expresses the power-dynamics of real relationships in the modern world. This has not been a good... Read more
816 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Lezard faults the heavy-handed thematic content and poor dialogue in Bitter Moon. [In Bitter Moon,] Nigel (Hugh Grant) and Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas) are a childless couple ... Read more