Leaving Las Vegas Reviews

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Cole Smithey
September 7, 2013
[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 | Original Score: A
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: A-
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 19, 2011
Figgis puts a desperate drunk front and center and demands we deal with him and the Jungian shadow he casts. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
September 19, 2008
We're not talking high, morally instructive tragedy here, just a hard lesson in postmodernist outlawry and its sad little anarchies.

September 19, 2008
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.
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Leonard Klady
February 11, 2008
The film pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and flies in the face of feel-good pictures.
Harlan Jacobson
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 11, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2008
The plot goes nowhere, but under the pornographic circumstances Figgis, Cage, and Shue all do fine jobs.
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
Figgis presents disintegration as a state of grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 23, 2006
An uncompromising, surprisingly poignant skid-row love story.
| Original Score: 9/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
July 1, 2005
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 | Original Score: A-
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 3, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
December 5, 2004
A haunting, heartbreaking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
June 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
October 1, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 4, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Small, searing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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