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Kiss of Death Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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What's most effective about the new Kiss of Death is Tucci's marvelously slimy prosecutor.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 19, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Classy film noir, as you would expect from a team including director Barbet Schroeder, writer Richard Price, and Nicolas Cage...

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 19, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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A crackling thriller that feels unusually attuned to its lowlife characters.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 19, 2008

Film4

Gutsy dialogue, atmospheric direction, lots of night scenes and an uninhibited take on the source material.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 19, 2008
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

An interesting noirlike crime drama propelled by Cage's eccentric performance

| Original Score: 3/5

April 8, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Cage and Caruso strike sparks in this riveting piece of pulp fiction, but it's that first Kiss you'll remember.

March 7, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Violent crime tale which Caruso hoped would make him a movie star. It didn't.

| Original Score: 2/5

October 16, 2004
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

The real mystery is why Caruso left NYPD Blue.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 17, 2004
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Atmospheric yet ultimately hollow exercise in tedium.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 13, 2004
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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It's a sleek, muscular thriller played by a terrific ensemble cast...

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The real problem with this film is a so-so screenplay: the dialogue is lame, and many scenes lack any real suspense.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2003
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Unjustly overlooked thriller packs a punch

| Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2002
Clint Morris
Moviehole

Nicolas Cage is a riot. Caruso, immersing.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 18, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

It ain't anything ground-breaking, but it gets the job done, and well.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 10, 2002
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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A riveting crime drama.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

June 18, 2002
Stephen Farber
Movieline

Price has a good sense of story structure, and this remake of the 1947 thriller is taut and engrossing.

Full Review Source: Movieline

January 28, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Cage, one of the few American actors who gets more interesting from film to film, comes close to kidnaping the picture as Little Junior, a pumped-up but asthmatic thug who, like King Kong, is a gorilla with a wistful air about him.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 13, 2001
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

If you've got three spare hours and a yen for good filmmaking, skip Kiss and rent the real thing, not the pale copy.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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If you savor movies about sleazy plea bargains and other lawyer hardballing, Death has its moments. Otherwise the latest from director Barbet Schroeder is only a movie of moments.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It shouldn't be disjointed and uncompelling, but it is.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
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