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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)


Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 35
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 61,621



Movie Info

An ordinary woman discovers that her life was not always ordinary in this action thriller. Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) is a typical, well-mannered single mother working as a schoolteacher when she isn't looking after her children. Nothing on the surface would seem to be remarkable about Samantha's life, but every once in a while she has vague memories and unexplained impulses that don't add up with her current life experience; she has scars but no idea of how they got there, she suddenly … More

R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Mystery & Suspense , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Shane Black
In Theaters:
Feb 6, 2001
New Line Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for The Long Kiss Goodnight

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (17) | DVD (10)

Frankly, if I had to see either Harlin-Davis movie again, I'd opt for the klutzy unpleasantness of Cutthroat Island over the efficient if equally stupid unpleasantness of this 1996 release.

Full Review… | October 25, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The Long Kiss Goodnight is the fall's best summer movie.

Full Review… | February 16, 2011
Top Critic

Like the heroine, the movie has two personalities that smartly coexist.

Full Review… | February 16, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

There's an excessive amount of excess -- a mind-numbing plurality of firearm battles, vehicular explosions and brutally frank sexual talk.

Full Review… | February 16, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

"The Long Kiss Goodnight" has a jokey good time with its outlandish pyrotechnics and offbeat character interplay.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Top Critic

The only saving graces are Davis's stripped-down, mean-as-a-wildcat portrayal of the Uzi-toting Charly, and Jackson's engagingly ineffectual turn.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The surprise and also the disappointment of The Long Kiss Goodnight is much simpler, and less politically inflected: it's badly made, or too close to badly made.

Full Review… | January 21, 2012
Nick's Flick Picks

Hectic stuff with a spectacular finale.

Full Review… | February 16, 2011

The kind of movie in which a dozen bad guys with an automatic weapon in each hand couldn't hit a lake if they were standing at the bottom of it, to steal the screenplay's best wiseacre remark.

Full Review… | February 16, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

I like The Long Kiss Goodnight. I thought it was a lot of fun, and the dialogue was funny and didn't make me wince in pain.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

This is pretty standard action hero stuff, with the exception of having Gena Davis take on the traditional male role. And she's not bad!

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

He's a hack, but I love Renny Harlin!

November 2, 2004
7M Pictures

underrated action in drag

October 8, 2003

Solid action movie. Davis kicks ass, Jackson is in his usual form. Could have used more family implications, but does okay.

July 14, 2003

Lots of action, bullets, blood and explosions with a little comedy. Nothing fancy.

Full Review… | March 16, 2003
Laramie Movie Scope

The logic of the next scene is never as important to Harlin as the size of the next explosive charge.

Full Review… | August 30, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

As an actioner with the requisite amounts of humor and heart, "The Long Kiss Goodnight" is a lot of fun.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

If you like action movies, this one satisfies.

Full Review… | April 17, 2002
Film Scouts

Audience Reviews for The Long Kiss Goodnight


A VERY 90's action-thriller that manages to be enjoyable against all odds. The plot can be summed up as a more ridiculous version of "The Bourne Identity" and Geena Davis is rarely convincing as a tough-as-nails assassin (especially when she has to switch personalities), but her explosive chemistry with co-star Samuel L. Jackson (who has some hilariously quotable lines) keeps the enterprise afloat. Plus you have screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapons, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) writing a slew of great one-liners that truly elevates this action-clunker into delightful camp. Delivers enough cool action, grin-inducing one-liners, and good acting to not be too taxing on the brain cells.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


A serviceable if forgettable pre-Bourne film concerning a former CIA agent (Geena Davis) who suffers from amnesia, and how her memory is jarred as to who she is after an attempt is made on her life. While having some horrendously awful dialogue that makes this film undeniable campy (whether this is purposeful or not is hard to determine), it remains a mostly fun ride for the most of it. It's impossible to really call it a good movie since it's really bad in some aspects but ultimately entertaining, which is its overall goal in the end. Davis is solid, as is Samuel L. Jackson as her wingman in trying to dispose of those after her.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

A bit like Bourne Identity. An assassin loses her memory of her past life.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable action film directed by Renny Harlin, this is a thrilling actioner from start to finish. Renny Harlin is a pretty good director and he is able to deliver some good action flicks. With this one, the cast is good to watch on-screen, and there are plenty of effective moments to make this film worth watching for action film fans. There are some good performances here, and the plot definitely keeps you entertained. I find Renny Harlin's work to be quite underrated, and though he isn't a great director, he is certainly good. This film proves that he has skill to crafty a good and very fun action film. The cast do a fine job here, and the direction is great as well, and Harlin definitely knows how to keep you hooked. Although not a perfect film, The Long Kiss Goodnight is worth watching if you love action films with a good cast. Although not my favorite of his films, The Long Kiss Goodnight does provide some mindless fun and entertainment. If you love action flicks, then give this one a shot. Some acting, good thrills and effective directing make this film worth seeing. Renny Harlin is most often much underrated and this film proves it. Though it never is anything great, there's enough thrills and action to make it a must for action film fans. This is a riveting film that is among Renny Harlin's best. The Long Kiss Goodnight is a well made film, and there is plenty to enjoy here that you end up forgetting its faults.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

The Long Kiss Goodnight Quotes

Samantha Caine (Charly):
You're gonna die screaming.
– Submitted by Greg K (6 months ago)
Samantha Caine (Charly):
Hello, Raymond. Now what have we learned about the dangers of smoking?
– Submitted by Rater W W (10 months ago)
Samantha Caine (Charly):
I'm saving myself until I get raped.
– Submitted by Ann A (20 months ago)
Mitch Henessey:
I'm always frank and earnest with women. In New York, I'm Frank, and in Chicago, I'm Ernest.
– Submitted by Lars P (22 months ago)
Samantha Caine (Charly):
Chefs do that.
– Submitted by Nicole K (2 years ago)
Mitch Henessey:
I never did anything right my whole life and that takes SKILLS.
– Submitted by Patrick D (2 years ago)

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