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An over indulgent and often confusing stab at film noir, The Black Dahlia leaves little to be desired as director Brian De Palma continues to prove that his best days are behind him.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Visual marvel after visual marvel
DePalma is like a magician who dazzles us with a trick only to show us, alas, it really was only a trick, and in the meantime he's stolen our watch.
You've barely time to soak up one revelation before another one is dumped on you from a great height.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Won't do much to dissuade the common rap against De Palma as a cold technician who takes projects just for the elaborate set pieces they provide him.
| Original Score: 2/5
With skeletons flying out of the closet at every turn, this overplotted mess unfolds more like a dumb, daytime soap opera than a well-crafted crime thriller.
| Original Score: 1/4
You have to wonder just how vibrant the film would have been during the Reagan or Clinton administration, when De Palma was in his prime.
A stellar cast of marquee names, coupled with an all-star crew, can't make this entry work.
... ends up being forgettable enough that someone else in the future may still be able to take another stab at the idea.
| Original Score: 1.0/4.0
I can't say anything really stood out in a positive way.
Filled with atmosphere and attitude to spare, "The Black Dahlia" is film noir at it's finest.
| Original Score: 4/4
It meticulously resembles a 60 year-old Hollywood artifact, but with a contemporary cynicism.
The Black Dahlia revels in its stylish noir production, even though it gets lost in the maze of its zigzagging plot lines.
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The Black Dahlia turns out to be something of questionable structural integrity, pieced together from old movies.
De Palma ... does little more than retrace his steps ...
| Original Score: 2/4
At no time does the film turn into a satisfying mystery where the audience feels compelled to guess along with our racing detectives.
Frustrating but fascinating, with moments that refuse to be shrugged off
De Palma's lamentable decision to reign in his wild directorial flourishes certainly doesn't do the film any favors...
After two hours of meandering, convoluted indulgences and loose ends, 'The Black Dahlia' reveals a kinder, gentler Brian De Palma. He should be a good guy to have around.
| Original Score: 3/4