Rage (2009 American film)

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Rage filmposter.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Sally Potter
Produced by Robert Hiestand
Andrew Fierberg
Christopher Sheppard
Written by Sally Potter
Starring Jude Law
Judi Dench
Dianne Wiest
Steve Buscemi
John Leguizamo
Lily Cole
Cinematography Steven Fierberg
Edited by Daniel Goddard
Distributed by Cinetic Media
Release date
  • February 8, 2009 (2009-02-08) (Berlinale)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Rage is a 2009 satirical mystery art film written and directed by Sally Potter, starring Jude Law and Judi Dench. The filmmakers said that the film created a new genre in filmmaking, called “naked cinema”.[1]


A young blogger at a New York fashion house shoots behind-the-scenes interviews on his cell phone.



The film premiered at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear.[2][3][4]

The DVD was released on September 22, 2009, in the US, and September 28, 2009, in the UK. A special edition version of the DVD was released through the official Rage website.

Babelgum premiered the film on mobile phones and internet at the same time as the cinema and DVD release. Babelgum released Rage in the UK, North America, Australia, Italy, France, Germany and Spain.[5][6][7]

Rage is the world’s first feature film to debut on mobile phones. The movie was to be shown in seven episodes, beginning on September 21, 2009. The online screening began on September 28, 2009.[8]

Rage had its New York screen premiere on September 21, 2009, at “The Box”.[9]


The film was widely panned by critics and audiences alike, with criticism mostly focusing on its acting, direction, plot, script and length, as well as that it did not achieve its satirical intentions. It currently holds a 17% 'rotten' critical score on Rotten Tomatoes based on 6 reviews and a 40% audience score based on 469 reviews (as of September 2015), together indicating generally negative reviews. It is not listed on Metacritic.

It has been described as 'lame' and an 'indignant annoyance' by Leslie Felperin of Variety and 'claustrophobic, repetitive and mostly ludicrous' by Richard Mowe of Boxoffice Magazine.

In a rare positive review, Armond White of New York Press described the film as 'a refreshing reminder of true cinematic values'.


  1. ^ "Rage" strips down at Berlin, at Reuters, accessed May 7, 2009
  2. ^ Dave Itzkoff, Berlin Film Festival Announces Lineup, The New York Times, published December 12, 2008.
  3. ^ Berlin at sallypotter.com, submitted on 11/12/2008, accessed January 4, 2009.
  4. ^ Competition: Rage, Press Conference and Red Carpet, streaming video at berlinale.de, submitted on February 8, 2009, accessed February 20, 2009.
  5. ^ RAGE ON BABELGUM, at sallypotter.com, submitted on May 15, 2009, accessed October 8, 2009.
  6. ^ Peter Knegt, Potter’s “Rage” Finds Unique Home, indiewire.com, submitted May 11, 2009, accessed June 23, 2009
  7. ^ Jeremy Kay, Rage to receive multi-territory online and mobile release, screendaily.com, submitted May 12, 2009, accessed June 23, 2009
  8. ^ Coming to Babelgum on September 21st, accessed September 21, 2009.
  9. ^ The Box, submitted September 22, 2009, accessed October 4, 2009.

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