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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 11, 2016
Revels in its slight plot, noirish atmosphere, sassy interplay between main characters and its gumbo-like smells.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 31, 2013
Until conventional plot contrivances begin to spoil the fun, The Big Easy is a snappy, sassy battle of the sexes in the guise of a melodrama about police corruption.
Bill Kelley
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 31, 2013
Quaid, a competent character actor who looks more like a leading man with each new film, has all the prize scenes in The Big Easy and he does the best he can with them. But they all seem to be castoffs from old Richard Gere movies.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
July 31, 2013
After watching this sizzling crime thriller, you will be at a loss to explain why director Jim McBride failed to go on and take Hollywood by storm. At least the careers of Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin were boosted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
July 31, 2013
Barkin makes the silliness with which her character behaves as credible as is probably possible.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 31, 2013
The Big Easy is an extremely enjoyable (and well-lubricated) vehicle for two actors who aren't quite yet stars, but should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Travers
People Magazine
July 31, 2013
Oooowee, here is one scorchingly sexy movie.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 31, 2013
The Big Easy is as atmospheric as they come, but -- surprise! -- it's also sharp and swift. Plus, it has ample amounts of chemistry -- the steamy, sexy kind.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 31, 2013
[The film is] directed by offbeat filmmaker Jim McBride, who gives the action a lot of energy but falls back too often on the usual sex-and-violence formulas.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2013
The film's strength is director Jim McBride's seemingly easy way of presenting us with a New Orleans that is more malevolent and intoxicating than the tourist trap that some think it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2013
It's sleek, briskly paced, firmly controlled and shrewdly dosed with humor, action and romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
October 5, 2011
Eventually the film's suspense underpinnings take over its personal story, yet that tension Quaid and Barkin generate still holds. Soldily fine as actors they're also a great pair, like two golden athletes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 5, 2011
[McBride] gets tense, sexy performances from Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin and makes the most of his New Orleans locations.

Film4
October 5, 2011
There's plenty of southern comfort in this entertaining thriller. Terrific performances from Quaid and Barkin make this into an overlooked gem of 1980s Hollywood.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
October 5, 2011
Much better than the average cop movie: the script bristles with wittily tough talk, while fast-pattering Quaid works up a nice double act romance-feud with Barkin (his cheeky grin is well-matched with her lopsided smile).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
October 5, 2011
Colorful Cajun noir, spicy, romantic, efficient.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 5, 2011
A movie that manages to be atmospherically rich while also satisfying the slash-crash imperatives of the police-action genre.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
There is a gusto to the movie and a rush of incidental delights. Highly enjoyable.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 6, 2005
Dennis Quaid rocks.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
June 15, 2005
Quaid is impressive in New Orleans setting.
| Original Score: 4/5
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