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May 30, 2016
Not great but not bad, Caruso is fine as the criminal trying to turn his life around but the supporting cast really makes this film. Great turns by Sammuel L Jackson, Ving Rhames, Michael Rapaport, and of course Nicholas Cage in one of those insane Cage performances which left me counting down the minutes until he got on screen again.I would have liked a film about just his character.
½ April 27, 2016
An above average mid '90s movie before Nic Cage and Sam Jackson became cartoon versions of themselves. And when we all thought David Caruso was going to be a star.
January 8, 2016
good another lost review
½ August 29, 2015
David Caruso is shit amongst all other great performances from the likes of Nic Cage, Sam L Jackson, Ving Rhames, Michael Rappaport, and Stanley Tucci
July 31, 2015
can't stand David Caruso, can't act
½ May 8, 2015
After seeing all of the good reviews below, I may have to check this one out again. It may have been overhyped at the time because Caruso was just coming off of leaving NYPD Blue.
½ May 1, 2015
Overall, Kiss of Death is pretty unimpressive. In spite of its large, well-known cast, much of it falls flat as it tries to do too much and winds up doing nothing. Nicolas Cage is awesome here, as well as Samuel L. Jackson, but otherwise, it is largely mailed in. The direction is pretty poor and the story seems pretty aimless. Things happen just to happen and, hand in hand with that, the writing is quite poor. Overly Hollywood where there has to be a bad guy that goes down and a happy ending, things wrap up far too nicely for how poorly they could have wound up. Ultimately, these characters seem more like robots who lack real emotion and when they should show emotion, they are incapable of doing so. Sad to watch a good cast fall apart due to poor direction and writing, but that is the case with Kiss of Death.
April 23, 2015
There's good over the top Cage then there is this slop,add in thinking this is the star vehicle Caruso left NYPD Blue for and this bomb is lit.
½ February 24, 2015
A fair remake with fair acting from a cast that could've done better. Certain liberties were taken in doing this remake which made it slightly better than the original.
December 5, 2014
The Cast is what makes this worth watching. Cage especially. The story is decent as well but its direction makes it feel cheap.
August 8, 2014
The 1990's were a great decade for crime dramas, and "KIss of Death" is one of the most overlooked and underappreciated gems there was. This smartly written, complex thriller is a real joy to uncover, loosely based on the 1947 film of the same name that updates the plot in all the right ways.

Screenwriter Richard Price not only makes the material relevant for more modern times but he also intricately layers the plot so the film surprises at every turn and keeps it fresh and worth following.

It also features one of the best ensemble casts of the year, with a terrifically maniacal performance by Nicolas Cage at the center of it all. He doesn't play villains very often, which is something he should reconsider after seeing his rage-filled, adrenaline-fueled performance in this. The film stars David Caruso, fresh off of "NYPD Blue" starring in his first feature and astonishingly enough holding his own against the big boys. He looks smaller and carries himself modestly, but in the scenes requiring him to act tough (especially opposite Cage), he pulls off convincingly. It's a shame he never really became a major player.

Director Barbet Schroeder coupled with Price to give the film the cold, hard edge it needed to be successful. "Kiss of Death" is a remarkable film, elaborately plotted, wonderfully acted and completely lacking a sense of humor. In this case, that's a compliment.
April 25, 2014
Pretty good movie!! It was intense, sometimes engaging, had some action, and entertaining here and there!! The film will not keep you on the edge of your seat because of how boring it can be at times!! There are times where there is absolutely nothing going on and it lags!! When there is action, it could have been longer!! The cast was outstanding, especially Nicolas Cage and Stanley Tucci!! They gave the most engaging performances and helped excel the film!! If you like action movies with little tension, than you might like this!! If you like action-packed movies where it isn't boring, than I highly recommend you look elsewhere!!
½ December 24, 2013
exciting and entertaining. David caruso stand out as does Nicolas cage in a werid pyschotic performance as Junior Brown and Samuel L. Jackson is good as the hard to nails detective who needs David to help him take down the mob.
December 12, 2013
Good movie. Pretty entertaining, great performances from its leads, especially Cage.
October 25, 2013
2013-10-11 couldn't watch it all because the recording was interrupted 3x by dish disruptions. missed the last 15 min or so, at the point where Caruso pulls a gun on Cage. Finished it 2013-10-25.
August 29, 2013
Good crime thriller that felt uniquely told. It wasn't really, but it felt like it. Good main performance from someone I never heard of and Nicolas Cage as an amazing villain. Jackson had a spectacular introduction. Good movie with style and atmosphere. Could easily watch this again too. Very odd, entertains easily and has a brain.
½ June 18, 2013
A big well known cast of television/film actors with an okay story but presented and performed in a very cheesy TV movie way.
½ May 3, 2013
A fair remake with fair acting from a cast that could've done better. Certain liberties were taken in doing this remake which made it slightly better than the original.
April 24, 2013
pretty good and watchable action movie!
February 19, 2013
Cool movie. It won't blow you away but it'll keep you entertained. Great cast and good script. Cage is also hilarious at times if, like me, you find the man insanely funny.

It's good film-noir, not great but good action, good tension, good enough for me.
It's better than it's name suggests- I swear.
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