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Atlantic City Reviews

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Cole Smithey
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 7, 2012
A shimmering success.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2012
"Atlantic City" is a sophisticated fairy tale, beautifully acted and beautiful to behold; it is as funny as it is touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
October 7, 2012
A well observed and deeply tender tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
September 28, 2005
Intriguing from beginning to end.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
December 13, 2004
Poignant, atmospheric mood piece with pristine performances by Lancaster and Sarandon.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 13, 2004
Pleasingly unsentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 7, 2004
Malle conjures a pair of cities, that of the present day and another fading beneath it. It's magically evocative and surprisingly funny, too. Lancaster is marvelous.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
[It] may be one of the most romantic and perverse ghost stories ever filmed, set not in a haunted castle but in a haunted city...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 19, 2003
Susan Sarandon finally came into her own as a first-rate actress in this poignant 1981 Louis Malle film. She and Burt Lancaster create movie magic together. Well-deserved Oscar nominations (her first, his last) resulted from their outstanding work here.
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
The performances from Lancaster and Sarandon highlight this effortlessly excellent film.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 13, 2002
Lancaster brings to the role a great, endearing physicality, a sense of presence that is convincing in its character-created self-delusion.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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