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L.A. Confidential Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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With its plot that zigs and zags like knife slashes, its cynicism stoked to the melting point, the movie brings the thrill of corruption crackingly to life.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 7, 2011
Matthew Razak

This is a movie that both deconstructs what it means to be a noir film and is a film noir itself in the best ways possible.

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May 10, 2011
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Writer-director Curtis Hanson's adaptation of the James Ellroy novel wasn't merely one of the two or three greatest movies of the 1990s; it stands as a masterpiece for the ages.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 4/4

November 26, 2008
Matt Noller
Slant Magazine

L.A. Confidential understands that men don't always respond to evil with good and that the question of whom society regards as heroes isn't always a clear cut as it seems.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

October 24, 2008
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Everything Angelinos love and hate about their city is here, as well as anything a movie fan could possibly wish for.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: A+

October 14, 2008
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A modern cinematic classic...the alchemical reaction of a director and a charmed collaboration of actors, writers, and design artists...[Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

October 4, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis of the most absorbing, compelling, most thoroughly enjoyable crime thrillers to have come along in the past decade.

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

September 29, 2008
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A neo-noir masterpiece in the league of "Double Indemnity"...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

September 26, 2008


Taut, atmospheric, acted with confident ease -- this is one of the greatest American movies of the 1990s.

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

April 9, 2008
David Ansen
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You have to pay close attention to follow the double-crossing intricacies of the plot, but the reward for your work is dark and dirty fun.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

April 9, 2008
David Edelstein
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Stop reading. Put this review on hold until after you've seen L.A. Confidential.

Full Review Source: Slate

April 9, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Spacey's Vincennes is the standout in a just about flawless ensemble, and director Curtis Hanson keeps the hugely complicated story zooming along the boulevard of broken dreams without losing sight of the details that make the trip worthwhile.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 9, 2008
Todd McCarthy
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An irresistible treat with enough narrative twists and memorable characters for a half-dozen films.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 9, 2008
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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This movie restores genre elements to a level of potency that's disturbing, satisfying, and rare as hell.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 9, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

Dizzying and powerful.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

September 24, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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A parlor game has already begun as to whether the supreme acting revelation in L.A. Confidential is provided by Mr. Crowe, Mr. Spacey or Mr. Pearce.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Emanuel Levy

Representing the best of Classic Hollywood Cinema, this noir policier is marked by densely-plotted narrative, psychological depth, moral ambiguity, emotional complxity.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

August 26, 2006

Time Out
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As the emotional nexus, a Veronica Lake lookalike trapped in a web of male desires, Basinger is arguably the pick of a perfect cast. Subtle, shocking, compelling and immensely assured.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

You could call it a huge epic, but it's also a scrappy movie, full of energy as well as style.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

I dug it big-time, baby!

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 9/10

May 6, 2006
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