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Chinatown Reviews

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Odie Henderson
Movie Mezzanine

Chinatown is deliciously, intolerably cruel as it toys with us.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A+

February 4, 2014
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

Arguably the best private eye movie ever made, Chinatown is an enthralling, sepia-tinted throwback to the shadowy, hard-boiled detective films of the '40s and '50s.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 22, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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As much as I admire the work of both Polanski and Nicholson, I found Chinatown tedious from beginning to just before the end.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 18, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

This film is flawless.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 5, 2013
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Polanski's telling of his tale of corruption in LA is masterly - thrilling, humorous and disturbing at the same time - and brilliantly played by John Huston and Faye Dunaway as well as Nicholson.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

January 4, 2013
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies

See this film as many times as you can. Please.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 5/5

January 3, 2013
Peter Bradshaw


Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

January 3, 2013
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Trust Polanski to make disillusionment seductive - rather more luxuriantly so than Billy Wilder ever managed.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 5/5

January 3, 2013
Jason Gorber

You _can't_ forget it. It's CHINATOWN.

Full Review Source: Twitch | Original Score: A

December 28, 2012
Neil Smith
Total Film


Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

December 17, 2012
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

A neo-noir classic.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

September 27, 2012
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

one of the great masterworks of '70s American cinema and an apex of the decade's obsession with genre revisionism

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 4/4

April 4, 2012
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Intrigue and suspense are the order of the day, and nothing is as it appears. Inscrutable, to be sure, and a wonderfully entertaining motion picture.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 9/10

March 24, 2012
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Great hardboiled detective film. Not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Jack Nicholson gives one of his best performances as Jake Gittes, possessing an old school charm that none of his peers can match.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 6, 2010
Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film

A landmark blend of acting, directing, structure and design. Chinatown is the greatest detective movie ever made.

Full Review Source: Clothes on Film | Original Score: 5/5

October 19, 2009
Cole Smithey

Like "Casablanca," "Chinatown" (1974) represents a perfect storm of prodigious cinema talent coming together under an intoxicating noir setting, albeit of neo noir influence attributed to by the warm California sun.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

April 20, 2009


The greatest film of 1970s cinema's golden era (that wasn't made by Martin Scorsese).

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

March 27, 2009
Rob Fraser
Empire Magazine

This is a never-bettered noir masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

March 27, 2009
A.D. Murphy
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Roman Polanski's American made film, first since Rosemary's Baby shows him again in total command of talent and physical filmmaking elements.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 27, 2009
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