Henry & June


Action / Biography / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 73%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 69%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 11004


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Gary Oldman as Pop
Uma Thurman as June Miller
Kevin Spacey as Richard Osborn
Fred Ward as Henry Miller
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2hr 16 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Matt Sewell 8 / 10

Erotic Cinema for Normal People

After reading several of the misguided reviews of this film here, I had to jump in with my opinion.

The negative reviews appear to come from two different types of viewers-- The most obvious are banal, simple minded buffoons who have no idea what they're looking at. They're the ones who deem anything challenging "pretentious." That's okay. Professional wrestling was invented for that crowd and that's where they should stay.

The more insidious negative reviews come from people who actually are pretentious and should know better than writing the kind of garbage they've written here. They're the ones who insist there's nothing radical in this film, that it has no passion, etc., etc.

Here's the truth about Henry & June:

There are very, VERY few mainstream films that tackle the subject of sexuality as well as Henry & June. As you may know from my other reviews, I'm the feminist accidentally born with testicles. I have an almost zero tolerance policy for movies that show female flesh. This movie is so good, I can overlook it. Not only that, when I watch this film with my wife, she actually becomes attractive to me again and we generally have a good night once the film is over. Imagine that!

Henry & June tells the important story of the literary and literal coupling of Henry Miller and Anais Nin. These two did more to liberate western civilization than Freud could ever have hoped for. The director creates a wonderful atmosphere that puts you in Paris in the 1930s and allows for multiple viewings of the film. This is one of the good ones. Don't listen to the idiots, pretentious or otherwise.

Reviewed by Agrenost Orthanc 3 / 10

Very forgettable, along with decent photography and cast

Although I would have liked to make a spoiler-free review, I feel as if what I'm about to say requires me to reference events in the film.

As part of a current effort to study and delve into films that didn't shy away from the NC-17 rating (and the onerous financial cost that accompanies it), watching Henry and June seemed like a natural choice. The film was after all nominated for the Academy Awards, it's the second highest grossing NC-17 film after Showgirls, and has Uma Thurman after all.

I sincerely don't get how this film got its NC-17 rating. There is no particularly strong nudity, there is absolutely no murder or gruesome violence, drug use is minimal (if any at all), and swearing is quite moderate as well. Is it because of the adulterous nature? Otherwise it's hard to see why scenes that display breasts and butt-cheeks would elicit anything beyond R I am also quite disappointed with the story and I will explain why. For the first 20 or 30 minutes, it did seem like the film had the right ambiance and scenarios to provide a positive story.

Anaïs seems like a genuinely adventurous person that married the nice and safe bachelor, who is however stuck to his goody-two shoes job in a bank. Henry is introduced as a seasoned man, acquainted with the hardship of life, and when June makes her well-anticipated introduction, she easily takes the center of the stage to delight people with her charm, seeming low sexual inhibition with her husband, and calculated moves that imply a big secret or unrevealed interest.

Yet, the movie takes this cast and the initially rich ambiance (coloured mansion where Anaïs and Hugo live), the woods where they take a bike ride together, and takes it nowhere, instead diminishing itself further and further, until they're back at the very beginning of the film, with no real development to speak of.

Simply take every character and see what happens to them after their introductions, past the 30 minute mark.

Hugo's job is never again mentioned and he seems to exist only as emotional support for Anaïs. He abandons his originally square and boring facade (which was supposedly the very reason why his wife wanted something else) and becomes the man that can find her in the street while wearing carnival paint, and even attempt to force himself into her. In the end, he seemingly does another 180º and becomes the appropriate husband existing to take his wife back home.

Anaïs' interests are entirely vapid and reminiscent of a typical upper middle class wife, whose quest for adventure is simply a reaction to fight the boredom in her life (something explicitly pointed out by June near the end, which shatters her and has her cry). She starts by cheating on her husband with Henry, moves on with him, 'cheats' again by returning to Hugo, moves on to her cousin (who had wanted her for years), tries to leap into June, and when rejected, suddenly feels depressed and in need of returning with Hugo, to the very life she had prior to meeting Henry at all.

Henry's character only motivating line is his writing and arguing about it. His sexual life is somehow quite passive in this film (probably because it being an autobiographical work, Anaïs only portrays herself as an active agent), where he exists to provide sexual adventure and overblown romance, as well as literary discussion. Other than his early escapade into the whorehouse, he ends up being quite a predictable man, matching his devotion for his wife as well as writing about her, with his fascination with Anaïs. At the end, his book gets published and he stays on his own, just like he was before meeting Hugo and Anaïs.

June's character is easily the biggest waste here. She exists only in her introductory arc, and then in the end where she suddenly returns as an emotionally needy person, desperate for being 'understood' (almost identical to teenager angst). The content of the stories about her is never hinted at, and apparently the catalyst for her final departure is finding out Anaïs was indeed sleeping with Henry, even though at no point is she portrayed as someone who would care about spousal fidelity. She finishes the film returning to the same point where she was prior to her introduction: Away and alone.

The back-up characters are also devoid of any real story. Anaïs' cousin is nothing but an accessory of her, picked up one night, and ditched without notice shortly after. Kevin Spacey only exists to complain about how he was robbed of his work (even though it's clearly implied he's just delusional). Neither of them are seen near the end of the film. We're left to assume they just drifted away I suppose.

This is it. This is what the film offers. 2 couples, that deal with cheating and sexual adventure for a while, just to return to their starter positions, with artistic overtones that are dangerously close to the level of pedantic (since there's barely any substance to them other than sexual liberation apparently, as evidenced in the ban on Henry's book), to wrap up what seems to be yet another empty Hollywood homage to the inter-war bohemian life in Paris.

Of course, if you're captivated by the photography, decent acting, and don't mind a story that is at times devoid of a plot, but rather relishes in its own supposed transgressions (I'm personally not impressed by nudity or sex in any way), go ahead.

To me, and to a number of people I've referred this story to, it stands out as the pointless adventures of an upper middle class woman (economic concerns are brushed off systematically) from the first period she lived with her husband, to the second.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 5 / 10

unconnectable characters

It's 1931 Paris. Anais Nin (Maria de Medeiros) recalls when she first arrived with her husband Hugo Guiler (Richard E. Grant). She has an affair with the bombastic bohemian Henry Miller (Fred Ward) and his wife June (Uma Thurman). They form an intriguing love triangle as he writes his first novel 'Tropic of Cancer'. Anais and Hugo help edit and finance the book. June is not pleased with Henry's portrayal of her.

Maria de Medeiros has those big eyes but doesn't give too much else. She has an unique look but she's missing something. I just can't connect with any of the characters. The story bored me for that reason. I don't really care about any of their relationships. The movie moves really slowly. Uma Thurman voice is doing something unlikeable. There isn't enough at stake with their affair. It does look good but it feels like soft core porn with a story.

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