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The Big Easy Reviews

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.
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
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.
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
July 31, 2013
It's sleek, briskly paced, firmly controlled and shrewdly dosed with humor, action and romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 5, 2011
[McBride] gets tense, sexy performances from Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin and makes the most of his New Orleans locations.
October 5, 2011
A movie that manages to be atmospherically rich while also satisfying the slash-crash imperatives of the police-action genre.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
There is a gusto to the movie and a rush of incidental delights. Highly enjoyable.
May 20, 2003
The screenplay, by Daniel Petrie Jr. and Jack Baran, has a number of funny lines and situations, but the end result looks fiddled with by people attempting to ''fix'' things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
One spicy gumbo of a detective film.
January 1, 2000
The plot of this movie is only an excuse for its real strength: the creation of a group of characters so interesting, so complicated and so original they make a lot of other movie people look like paint-by-number characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
This is one movie that lives up to its billing; it's easy all right. Like falling off a log.