Atlantic City Reviews

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August 19, 2019
Atlantic City references the action genre only to dismantle it from the inside... With feeling and exuberance, Louis Malle constructs a spectacle. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 29, 2018
It combines French discipline and nonchalance with an American generosity and high spirits. The dialogue is precise and often witty, qualities it shares with the acting.
February 5, 2018
It abounds in heroics, glories in coincidence, indulges in sentiment, laughs at Cupid's bizarre sense of humor and provides sumptuous parts for the five leading players, who know how to seize their opportunities.
July 1, 2014
"Atlantic City" is full of compact social editorializing that elevates its seemingly run-of-the-mill trappings into something sublime by way of its emotionally dependent characters.
October 7, 2012
[Sarandon is] shirtless before she even has a name, but her desire to be ogled is granted dignity and power; gradually and unassumingly, she upstages a terrific Burt Lancaster.
October 7, 2012
A shimmering success.
October 7, 2012
"Atlantic City" is a sophisticated fairy tale, beautifully acted and beautiful to behold; it is as funny as it is touching.
October 7, 2012
Malle pulls off a minor coup here, celebrating his wounded characters even as he mercilessly reveals their dreams for the hopeless illusions they really are.
October 7, 2012
For all the flaws in the plot, the triumvurate of Malle, Lancaster and Sarandon give this moody little thriller a seductive, lingering power.
October 7, 2012
A well observed and deeply tender tale.
March 26, 2009
Film is blessed with a spare, intriguing script by Yank John Guare, which always skirts impending cliches and predictability by finding unusual facets in his characters and their actions.
October 20, 2007
February 9, 2006
Eclectic, pacy and hard to categorise, it's part crime thriller, part love story, part fairytale, and part a gentle, generous examination of certain dying aspects of American culture.
January 31, 2006
This lyrical tale set in Atlantic City in times of change is full of offbeat characters. It is evocatively directed by Louis Malle in his second (and better) American film and well acted by Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon as the odd romantic couple.
January 20, 2006
What makes "Atlantic City" sweet -- and that's the word for it -- is the gentleness with which Lou handles his last chance at amounting to something, and the wisdom with which Sally handles Lou.
September 28, 2005
Intriguing from beginning to end.
January 30, 2005
If you don't already love Sarandon, this is the feature that would do it. Director and the 2 stars mesh their talents beautifully.
December 13, 2004
Poignant, atmospheric mood piece with pristine performances by Lancaster and Sarandon.
November 13, 2004
Pleasingly unsentimental.
November 4, 2004
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