Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.more
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


Robert Downey Jr.
as Harry Lockhart
Val Kilmer
as Gay Perry
Michelle Monaghan
as Harmony Faith Lane
Corbin Bernsen
as Harlan Dexter
Dash Mihok
as Mr. Frying Pan
Larry Miller
as Dabney Shaw
Shannyn Sossamon
as Pink Hair Girl
Duane Carnahan
as Chainsaw Kid
Martha Hackett
as Pistol Woman
Nancy Fish
as NY Casting Woman
Tanja Reichert
as B-Movie Actress
Jake McKinnon
as Creature
Stephanie Pearson
as Teen Harmony
Brendan Fehily
as Local News Reporter
David Newsome
as Agent Type
Judie Aronson
as Gift Bag Girl
Ali Hillis
as Marleah
Wiley M. Pickett
as Homicide Cop
Joe Keyes
as Lobby Cop
Bobby Tuttle
as Hotel Concierge
Jake Eberle
as Patrol Cop
Lela Edgar
as Party Girl
Stevie B
as Pink Hair Girl's Dog
Teresa Herrera
as Newswoman
Kathy Lamkin
as Woman in Hospital Bl...
Evan Parke
as Dexter Clinic Guard
Brian Simpson
as Dexter Goon
Cole McKay
as Dexter Goon
Ben Bray
as Dexter Goon
Harrison Young
as Harmony's Dad
Jake Eberle
as Patrol Cop
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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


I don't know - doesn't the plot have to make a little bit of sense? The last scene where Downey brings down a whole gang of bad guys is so far fetched. But the movie is pretty funny and Monaghan is pretty sexy.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


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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