Leaving Las Vegas Reviews

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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-
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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.
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Leonard Klady
Variety
February 11, 2008
The film pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and flies in the face of feel-good pictures.
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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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It certainly has the courage of its convictions.
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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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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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
A film laden with virtues but difficult to embrace.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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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
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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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