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.
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.
July 31, 2013
It's sleek, briskly paced, firmly controlled and shrewdly dosed with humor, action and romance.
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.
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.