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Kiss of Death Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
September 19, 2008
What's most effective about the new Kiss of Death is Tucci's marvelously slimy prosecutor.

TV Guide
September 19, 2008
Classy film noir, as you would expect from a team including director Barbet Schroeder, writer Richard Price, and Nicolas Cage...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
September 19, 2008
A crackling thriller that feels unusually attuned to its lowlife characters.

September 19, 2008
Gutsy dialogue, atmospheric direction, lots of night scenes and an uninhibited take on the source material.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
April 8, 2005
An interesting noirlike crime drama propelled by Cage's eccentric performance
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 7, 2005
Cage and Caruso strike sparks in this riveting piece of pulp fiction, but it's that first Kiss you'll remember.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 16, 2004
Violent crime tale which Caruso hoped would make him a movie star. It didn't.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 17, 2004
The real mystery is why Caruso left NYPD Blue.
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
January 13, 2004
Atmospheric yet ultimately hollow exercise in tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's a sleek, muscular thriller played by a terrific ensemble cast...
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
The real problem with this film is a so-so screenplay: the dialogue is lame, and many scenes lack any real suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
December 21, 2002
Unjustly overlooked thriller packs a punch
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
Nicolas Cage is a riot. Caruso, immersing.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It ain't anything ground-breaking, but it gets the job done, and well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A riveting crime drama.
Stephen Farber
January 28, 2002
Price has a good sense of story structure, and this remake of the 1947 thriller is taut and engrossing.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Cage, one of the few American actors who gets more interesting from film to film, comes close to kidnaping the picture as Little Junior, a pumped-up but asthmatic thug who, like King Kong, is a gorilla with a wistful air about him.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The picture is watchable, but nothing about it will linger, except perhaps the feeling that, with a more polished script, it might have been significantly better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It shouldn't be disjointed and uncompelling, but it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Caruso's acting is vivid, but amazingly quiet and internal, and it's fascinating to watch the kaleidoscopically conflicted emotions battle beneath his controlled surface.
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