Chinatown Reviews

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Odie Henderson
Movie Mezzanine
February 4, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor
August 22, 2013

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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 5, 2013

This film is flawless.

Derek Malcolm
This is London
January 4, 2013

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
January 3, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 3, 2013

Unmissable.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
January 3, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Gorber
Twitch
December 28, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: A
Neil Smith
Total Film
December 17, 2012

Unforgettable.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 27, 2012

A neo-noir classic.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 4, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 24, 2012

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 | Original Score: 9/10
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011

Great hardboiled detective film. Not for kids.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film
October 19, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 20, 2009

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 | Original Score: A+

Film4
March 27, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Fraser
Empire Magazine
March 27, 2009

This is a never-bettered noir masterpiece.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
A.D. Murphy
Variety
Top Critic
March 27, 2009

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

Don Druker
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
March 27, 2009

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.

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