Cliff’s review published on Letterboxd:
I really liked this the first time I saw it, but now that I've run a pub and met several real people with Johnny's irritating characteristics, it makes me appreciate David Thewlis's performance all the more.
People often criticise Mike Leigh for creating well-rounded, three-dimensional working class characters but cartoonish posh people. But in Naked, almost everyone's a caricature to some extent, and the film doesn't suffer as a result.
Probably the most "real" characters in it are the ones we learn least about: Gina McKee's café girl and Lesley Sharp's Louise. Perhaps Leigh's message is: empty vessels make the most noise; quiet people are more interesting.