• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Mike Figgis
    In Theaters:
    Oct 27, 1995 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 24, 1998
  • United Artists

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Leaving Las Vegas Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995) is a remarkably potent romantic drama that permanently altered the careers of many of the people involved in its creation.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

September 7, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Dark and giddy at the same time, Leaving Las Vegas takes us into dreamy, intoxicated places no movie about an alcoholic has gone before.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Figgis puts a desperate drunk front and center and demands we deal with him and the Jungian shadow he casts. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

July 19, 2011
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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We're not talking high, morally instructive tragedy here, just a hard lesson in postmodernist outlawry and its sad little anarchies.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 19, 2008

Film4

Figgis' film, one of the few to show the sleazy flip-side of the glossy city of Las Vega, offers an unblinking portrayal of alcoholism.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 19, 2008
Leonard Klady
Variety
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The film pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and flies in the face of feel-good pictures.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 11, 2008
Harlan Jacobson
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a relief when so dark a film refuses to preach, trusting the viewer to draw his own conclusions about the roots of America's self-destructive funk.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The plot goes nowhere, but under the pornographic circumstances Figgis, Cage, and Shue all do fine jobs.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 11, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Figgis presents disintegration as a state of grace.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

September 24, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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It certainly has the courage of its convictions.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

An uncompromising, surprisingly poignant skid-row love story.

| Original Score: 9/10

January 23, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Grim yet compelling, downbeat but not really depressing, Mike Figgis' multi-nuanced portrait of an alcoholic, splendidly played by Oscar winner Nicholas Cage, is easily is most accomplished and haunting picture.

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

July 1, 2005
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

A haunting, heartbreaking film.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 5, 2004
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly

What gives the film power is Nicholas Cage.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 20, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Small, searing film.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

An obviously safe, bland, overly pretentious reading of an ancient story, complete with the stock "hooker with a heart of gold" character.

| Original Score: 1/5

May 15, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Excellent, dark and disturbing romance. The acting is top-notch.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 5, 2003
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

It's still an achievement, though its status is quickly fading. Did Shue really deserve an Oscar nomination for this?

| Original Score: 3/5

January 17, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a brilliantly realized tone poem... a cauterizing movie -- it burns like bourbon splashed on an exposed heart.

Full Review | Original Score: A

December 9, 2002
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily

Depressing, dull and dreary.

| Original Score: 1/5

September 27, 2002
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