The Black Dahlia Reviews

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Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling
February 17, 2014
The Black Dahlia doesn't solve the eternal De Palma dilemma, but it sure does fascinate.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Visual marvel after visual marvel
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
April 26, 2008
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.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
Filled with atmosphere and attitude to spare, "The Black Dahlia" is film noir at it's finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 22, 2006
It meticulously resembles a 60 year-old Hollywood artifact, but with a contemporary cynicism.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 18, 2006
The Black Dahlia revels in its stylish noir production, even though it gets lost in the maze of its zigzagging plot lines.
Keith Uhlich
Reverse Shot
November 11, 2006
Ghost World: Keith Uhlich on The Black Dahlia for Reverse Shot's Brian de Palma symposium.
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
October 20, 2006
Frustrating but fascinating, with moments that refuse to be shrugged off
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
October 13, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
October 3, 2006
features amazing production design and a fascinating story at first, the film does eventually fall apart at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 2, 2006
Until it derails while heading into its final turn, The Black Dahlia represents Brian De Palma's most assured moviemaking in at least a decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 30, 2006
The Black Dahlia is both a studious new entry to the genre and a schizophrenic parody of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
September 29, 2006
Highly stylized and overburdened with plot yet always engaging.
| Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2006
The movie, like the case, has some loose ends and some compelling moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
September 28, 2006
... Hillary Swank gives a Lauren Bacall edge to her femme fatale ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Gibron
DVD Verdict
September 26, 2006
The Black Dahlia is not a black mark on the talent track record of anyone involved. Yet with such a potentially powerful story, it should have been something very special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 23, 2006
The pairing of Ellroy and De Palma proves a marriage made in hardboiled heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
September 23, 2006
Gorgeously realised, gripping and doused in De Palma's familiar technical wizardry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 23, 2006
It only works in fits and starts and the grand climax is too Rocky Horror to be true, yet the heady redolence of a bygone era still proves seductive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 23, 2006
Brian De Palma's inventive filmmaking style turns this adaptation of the complex James Ellroy novel into a feast for the eyes, even if it's tough work keeping up with the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
March 3, 2012
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times
January 5, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 23, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 23, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 23, 2006

Baltimore Sun
September 23, 2006
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Ebert & Roeper
September 21, 2006
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