Leaving Las Vegas Reviews

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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Brilliant film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 17, 2002
Unfortunately, the movie as a whole isn't as good as its stars. In fact, it's a bit of a drunk itself, given to self-indulgent poses and poetic pretentiousness.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
A great film, one of the best of the year. If you can stomach it, it is a moving experience that says something about humanity and human experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
A film laden with virtues but difficult to embrace.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The film shifts from being morose to mean-spirited and brutal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Cage, a resourceful and daring actor, has never been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Playing an alcoholic is traditionally a route to critical acclaim, and Cage delivers beautifully.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A unique movie about fulfillment through love - the love of a man, a woman, and a bottle. It also has two of the best acting performances of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Leaving Las Vegas is the kind of movie that feels like a terrific place to visit, but you know in your heart that you'd never want to dwell there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Tough to watch, but haunting enough to deserve its initial praise.
| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
While it's sad and spooky enough to send shivers down your spine, it is surprisingly able to avoid melodramatics and still leave us with a powerful message.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
Exceedingly well acted, skillfully crafted, and even, at times, a joy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A powerful movie about self-destruction and emotional neediness.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Leaving Las Vegas is about people on the margins of society. That has been done before in films like Barfly, but it perhaps has never been done as well as in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: low +3 out of -4..+4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Nicolas Cage, who has a track record of immersing himself in parts, gives one of the year's most powerful acting turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 3, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
June 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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