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The Long Goodbye (1973)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 1

The Long Goodbye is a cool as ice mystery that retains Robert Altman's idiosyncratic sensibilities.

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Critic Reviews: 2
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 0

The Long Goodbye is a cool as ice mystery that retains Robert Altman's idiosyncratic sensibilities.



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"It's OK with me...." Applying his deconstructive eye to the "film noir" tradition, Robert Altman updated Raymond Chandler in his 1973 version of Chandler's novel, The Long Goodbye. Smart-aleck, cat-loving private eye Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is certain that his friend Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton) isn't a wife-killer, even after the cops throw Marlowe in jail for not cooperating with their investigation into Lennox's subsequent disappearance. Once he gets out of jail, Marlowe starts to


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Raymond Chandler, Leigh Brackett

Sep 17, 2002

United Artists

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (1) | DVD (8)

It tries to be all genre and no story, and it almost works.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Altman] attempts the impossible and pulls it off.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Robert Altman orchestrates a jangly genre autopsy, mischievous and brutal

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: CinePassion

A reminder that meaning, if it is to be found at all, is not always revealed through a linear assessment of hints and clues, but simply stumbled upon.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The look, the unconventional cast and the unconventional story make this a unique film, one of Altman's best.

February 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Robert Altman's labyrinthine take on the Raymond Chandler classic is noir unburdened by a straight narrative - it's a triumph of atmosphere and attitude, a swiftly unfolding whodunit punctuated by subversive absurdities and shattering acts of violence.

January 11, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Everywhere you look, there's something delightfully weird going on ... Altman and company fashion a state of slouching, freeform Zen that no one else has ever really duplicated.

July 11, 2007 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

When he was very near the top of his early peak, [Robert] Altman did the darnedest thing and made a private-eye movie -- or maybe a parody of a private-eye movie; it's hard to say. And he may never have topped it.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Simultaneously an act of revisionism as well as a parody of then-revitalizing neo-noir.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The reluctant and satirical mystery is one of the great Los Angeles movies and makes a great compliment to, say, The Big Lebowski.

September 13, 2005

Droll, cunning and magnificently woozy.

June 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

More a film about friendship and betrayal than murder.

January 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

[A] great classic.

November 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Fairly good hard boiled detective story

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

It ends up with mixed results -- Marlowe is drawn as a goofy daydreamer (Altman calls him Rip Van Marlowe) and his story only gets interesting when Sterling Hayden, channeling Hemingway, goes bananas.

September 14, 2003 Full Review Source:

One of the greatest detective films of all time.

August 21, 2003
Pasadena Weekly

Altman's generalized misanthropy fits uncomfortably with the overall noir universe.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Comment (1)
Austin Chronicle

It may not be exactly like the novel but then this Philip Marlowe is nothing like anything ever seen before.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...may not please Chandler purists, but it is an endlessly fascinating movie in any case.... If it all seems a bit surrealistic, that's the way it's meant to be.

August 29, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Subversive and engaging, The Long Goodbye ranks among Altman's best.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Audience Reviews for The Long Goodbye

So good, it hurts.
July 20, 2013
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

A very interesting film for film buffs. It's not fantastic, but it's a film for the sake of film. If you watch film noir, you should check it out. This movie takes the character of Phillip Marlowe, and puts him in the 70s culture. It is partly a parody, but it is also toying with what you expect for a film noir.
October 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

Altman's Neo-Noir is a very enjoyable film. It takes Philip Marlowe and places him right in the hedonism of the 1970s. Played excellently by Elliot Gould, our wise-cracking P.I. is lost in this new surrounding. The people have changed, animals loathe him, and the simple favors he does for friends only serves to get him entangled in the affairs of nefarious people. The story isn't very intriguing, but Altman's love of Noir really shines through. If anything, it is worth seeing an aged, grizzled Sterling Hayden and a young and frighteningly robust Arnold Schwarzenegger.
April 6, 2012
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

Altman breaks apart the "noir" genre and Gould takes the character of Phillip Marlowe in a total different direction from the classic Hawks/Bogart version. This is one of my favorites.
October 27, 2011
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