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Snake Eyes Reviews

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

De Palma continues perfecting his brilliant visual style within the most blatantly artificial plot scenarios.

Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

August 21, 2009
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Brian De Palma's exercise in flashy paranoia and shallow cynicism comes out of the gate like gangbusters, but falls apart in a flurry of preposterous plotting.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

September 18, 2008
Todd McCarthy
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Wispy threads of dramatic plausibility and character involvement unravel completely by the time of the incredibly silly final reel.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 18, 2008


Aside from a sensational, continuous 20-minute opening take, and an amazing shot that literally swoops over the top of a row of hotel rooms, there's little of interest here.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 18, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Never loses its bearings as it hovers between preposterous paranoia and a Billy-Wilder-like moral fable about a deeply flawed hero who draws a line in the sand beyond which he cannot go.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine

Snake Eyes is about multiple perceptions of one major event, their relationship to each other and to the audience.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 23, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The first 20 minutes of Snake Eyes are among the most imaginative and energetic minutes of film I've seen in a while.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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The film echoes the technical wizardry and complex plotting of De Palma's best film, Blow Out.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A moderately suspenseful thriller that seems somewhat conventional compared to De Palma's earlier envelope-pushing efforts. Intriguing, but the mystery villain is rather obvious from the start.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2006
Tom Meek
Film Threat

Unfortunately, the material that De Palma chooses to hang his flair on feels like a paltry version of No Way Out as if penned by Crichton or Grisham.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

I give De Palma and company credit for not succumbing to the usual bloat we see in big-budget Hollywood films.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

April 9, 2005
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

The mundane plot of Snake Eyes is disguised with lots of camera razzle-dazzle.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 28, 2004
Dragan Antulov

Promises to be a masterpiece, only to succumb to Hollywood mediocrity -- just like its director.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

April 26, 2004
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Instantly forgettable, but good fun while it lasts.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: B

May 22, 2003
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly

A dazzling piece of entertainment -- a mystery so cleverly constructed you find yourself wanting to see it again before it's over.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 20, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

DePalma, a director who chooses his projects carefully, has scored again.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
James Rocchi

The film that not only made me give up on Brian DePalma -- the man can't make a good movie anymore -- but it also made me doubt the judgement of Nicolas Cage and Gary Sinise.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 1/5

November 7, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

It is a bravura display of acting from Mr. Cage, and equally dazzling work from director Brian De Palma.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

I don't think that there's anything in this film that really doesn't work.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 10, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Snake Eyes opens on a roll, but ultimately craps out.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

September 3, 2002
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