Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)



Critic Consensus: Tongue-in-cheek satire blends well with entertaining action and spot-on performances in this dark, eclectic neo-noir homage.

Movie Info

A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

Rating: R (for language, violence and sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Shane Black
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 2006
Box Office: $4.2M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Harry Lockhart

as Gay Perry

as Harmony Faith Lane

as Harlan Dexter

as Mr. Frying Pan

as Dabney Shaw

as Pink Hair Girl

as Harmony Age 7

as Chainsaw Kid

as Rickie

as Pistol Woman

as NY Casting Woman

as B-Movie Actress

as Creature

as Teen Harmony

as Local News Reporter

as Agent Type

as Gift Bag Girl

as Marleah

as Homicide Cop

as Lobby Cop

as Hotel Concierge

as Patrol Cop

as Party Girl

as Pink Hair Girl's Dog

as Newswoman

as Woman in Hospital Bl...

as Dexter Clinic Guard

as Dexter Goon

as Dexter Goon

as Dexter Goon

as Harmony's Dad
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Critic Reviews for Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (45)

The plot of the film is almost willfully convoluted. But it's also largely beside the point, an excuse for quite a few good scenes, most of them equal parts homage and subversion.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Kiss Kiss is such a delightful bombardment, we barely notice that Black's convoluted, serpentine plot doesn't make a lick of sense.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Orange County Register
Top Critic

Jumpy and ironic, Downey is a quicksilver delight and Kilmer is funny as the gay Perry.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
Top Critic

[Robert Downey Jr. is] the quickest, sharpest, slyest and wryest comic actor on the screen.

Full Review… | December 17, 2011
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

A sarky, sniping film noir homage that assassinates the character of every LA archetype you could imagine.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Times [UK]

Ideally mindless and entertaining in every way.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Toledo Blade

Audience Reviews for Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang


Realistically written and directed by Shane Black, "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" is one of the best fins in it's genre, admitting every little cliche throughout the film, even if they are minor. Robert Downey Jr.'s narration is hilarious and engaging, making for a much more fun ride than what could have been. A criminal mistaken for an actor, finds himself hired for a starring role in a feature film, while also getting involved with a crime investigation, leading to some hilarity and mayhem. There about four cliched stories meshed together to create a very original and witty buddy adventure. It has been a while since I have seen a film that I loved both for action and humour. Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer are fantastic together, and the script is so cleverly written that there are some scenes where I forgot I was watching the central story, because it throws so many fastballs at you, that you believe you are watching many different films. As odd as that may seem, it works so insanely well. There are a few tonal shifts that bugged me, but I otherwise loved every bit of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang."

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

While Downey, Kilmer and Mognahan all deliver spot on, nuanced performances the real star here is director/writer Shane Black who's knowledge, vision, and insight power this neo-noir past the usual fish-out-of-water detective cliches (Downey as a small town petty burglar and nicest guy in the film posing as an film actor posing as a private detective posing as the narrator of the film in big city L.A. for the first time) into a compliment/indictment of the movie community (like hating the one you love or loving the one you hate or something like that). Well informed and absolutely riotous. The story ceases to make sense or even to matter and I didn't care. It's a lovingly cynical film by a cynical guy about a cynical town in that most cynical of film motifs, the noir. I actually don't think Downey has played any other character but this one since this has been made.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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