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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
As much as I admire the work of both Polanski and Nicholson, I found Chinatown tedious from beginning to just before the end.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This film is flawless.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
See this film as many times as you can. Please.
| Original Score: 5/5
Trust Polanski to make disillusionment seductive - rather more luxuriantly so than Billy Wilder ever managed.
You _can't_ forget it. It's CHINATOWN.
| Original Score: A
A neo-noir classic.
| Original Score: 4/4
one of the great masterworks of '70s American cinema and an apex of the decade's obsession with genre revisionism
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.
| Original Score: 9/10
Great hardboiled detective film. Not for kids.
A landmark blend of acting, directing, structure and design. Chinatown is the greatest detective movie ever made.
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.
| Original Score: A+
The greatest film of 1970s cinema's golden era (that wasn't made by Martin Scorsese).
This is a never-bettered noir masterpiece.
Roman Polanski's American made film, first since Rosemary's Baby shows him again in total command of talent and physical filmmaking elements.
Polanski's film suggests that the rules of the game are written in some strange, untranslatable language, and that everyone's an alien and, ultimately, a victim.
Is Chinatown the best private eye film ever? It may well be. Nearing its thirty-fifth anniversary, it deserves a reconsideration and a celebration.
| Original Score: 5.0/5