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.
| Original Score: A
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.
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Everything Angelinos love and hate about their city is here, as well as anything a movie fan could possibly wish for.
| Original Score: A+
A modern cinematic classic...the alchemical reaction of a director and a charmed collaboration of actors, writers, and design artists...[Blu-ray]
...one of the most absorbing, compelling, most thoroughly enjoyable crime thrillers to have come along in the past decade.
| Original Score: 9/10
A neo-noir masterpiece in the league of "Double Indemnity"...
Taut, atmospheric, acted with confident ease -- this is one of the greatest American movies of the 1990s.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Stop reading. Put this review on hold until after you've seen L.A. Confidential.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
An irresistible treat with enough narrative twists and memorable characters for a half-dozen films.
This movie restores genre elements to a level of potency that's disturbing, satisfying, and rare as hell.
Dizzying and powerful.
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.
Representing the best of Classic Hollywood Cinema, this noir policier is marked by densely-plotted narrative, psychological depth, moral ambiguity, emotional complxity.
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.
You could call it a huge epic, but it's also a scrappy movie, full of energy as well as style.
I dug it big-time, baby!