Blu-ray Disc - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Johnny is a charming and eloquent, but relentlessly vicious drifter. Rejecting anyone who might care for him, the volcanic Johnny hurls himself through a nocturnal odyssey around London, colliding with a succession of other desperate and dispossessed people, and scorching everyone in his path. With a virtuoso script and raw performances, Mike Leigh's picture of England's underbelly is an amalgam of black comedy and doomsday prophecy.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, [2011]
Edition: Director-approved Blu-ray special ed
ISBN: 9781604654486
Call Number: BLU F NAKE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (131 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Feb 28, 2020

What a brilliant film. Anyone who sees the this movie will feel somehow altered when the credits roll. Truly brilliant. David Thewlis is amazing.

Feb 05, 2020

We found Naked to be all "side effects" and no medicine.
I accept some movies can be grim and hard to watch, and something viewers are prepared to experience in order for the filmmaker to provide insights or make a point. Naked is grim and hard to watch but doesn't have much to say except there are some rather hopeless people out there, which isn't exactly worth over 2 hours of viewing time.
Now Naked is worth watching for the fabulous and award-winning performance of David Thewlis - but that's it. The film references The Odyssey in a few places and that seems central as we watch Thewlis' intelligent but self-pitying hater hobbling around Manchester and London in a story that quite purposefully goes nowhere.

Sep 20, 2018

Mike Leigh's dystopian, bleak London is rendered more forcefully in this film than perhaps in any of his others: a sense of hopeless nihilism pervades throughout and one is left empty, disturbed and yet somehow satisfied. None of the characters in the film is actively likeable, and yet one finds oneself rooting for the self-destructive Johnny, a misanthropic semi-fugitive whose story provides the main thrust of the film's plot.

Sep 15, 2018

One of the greatest screen performances ever by David Thewliss as the scowling, acidic, brilliant lead character- this the the reason you should see this film immediately. If you read the comments on IMDB you'll find the majority of people blown away by the main character ( love em' or ate 'im ).

Feb 18, 2018

I remember seeing this film back when it came out (1993) and it came as a bit of a shock. From the opening scene, we are left feeling unsettled by the character of Johnny (David Thewlis). Who is this low class, but well-read guy and is he out to terrorize the neighborhood? He goes to see his ex-girlfriend Louise and encounters her roommate Sophie (Katrin Cartlidge). She is captivated by him despite his brutish ways. Louise, it seems, is the only one who really understands him. But does he want to be understood. He has a sort of rambling monologue throughout which is at once interesting and off-putting. All the people he encounters appear to be inexplicably drawn to him. He does have a certain charm. Then there is Jeremy/Sebastian. He occupies the role of extreme brute. He is downright frightening. He finds his way into the roommates' flat and exacts his evil ways. Knock out performances by Thewlis and Cartlidge. I understand that director Mike Leigh does not begin the process of film-making with a script. He begins with a basic premise and then the storyline develops through improvisation by the actors. All I can say is that these actors took the story to places I certainly had never seen before.

jpozenel Jul 28, 2012

This movie is awful, so that's the rating that I gave half star i.e., "awful". I wish I hadn't believed the ratings that I saw for this movie on IMDB. Read the "hated it" comments under user reviews on IMDB...those most accurately describe this movie. It's absolute garbage.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SFPL

To Top