The Black Dahlia Reviews

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November 7, 2019
A lover of not only film noir, but the grandeur and grotesqueness of early Hollywood and Los Angeles, the only thing given to me by the THE BLACK DAHLIA is a black hole of disappointment. I think it's time to revisit the novel.
June 6, 2019
If Ed Wood ever made a film noir picture, this is what it would look like.
November 3, 2018
Propped up by De Palma's usual immaculate eye for period detail and feel for genuine suspense, The Black Dahlia still manages to underline De Palma's many lazy and flabby foibles as a director.
April 3, 2018
This movie isn't more than 10 minutes old when that question pales next to these: How can you make a movie this bad with a double Oscar winner (Swank)? How can you use Scarlett Johansson so stupidly?
September 12, 2017
Most of us come to the shadows of modern noirs to be swept up in the guilt and intrigue, not to be abandoned in the thick of nonsense.
February 17, 2014
The Black Dahlia doesn't solve the eternal De Palma dilemma, but it sure does fascinate.
July 6, 2010
An over indulgent and often confusing stab at film noir, The Black Dahlia leaves little to be desired as director Brian De Palma continues to prove that his best days are behind him.
August 30, 2009
Visual marvel after visual marvel
April 26, 2008
DePalma is like a magician who dazzles us with a trick only to show us, alas, it really was only a trick, and in the meantime he's stolen our watch.
December 7, 2007
You've barely time to soak up one revelation before another one is dumped on you from a great height.
July 23, 2007
Won't do much to dissuade the common rap against De Palma as a cold technician who takes projects just for the elaborate set pieces they provide him.
July 14, 2007
April 27, 2007
With skeletons flying out of the closet at every turn, this overplotted mess unfolds more like a dumb, daytime soap opera than a well-crafted crime thriller.
March 24, 2007
You have to wonder just how vibrant the film would have been during the Reagan or Clinton administration, when De Palma was in his prime.
March 1, 2007
A stellar cast of marquee names, coupled with an all-star crew, can't make this entry work.
January 28, 2007
... ends up being forgettable enough that someone else in the future may still be able to take another stab at the idea.
December 30, 2006
I can't say anything really stood out in a positive way.
December 13, 2006
Filled with atmosphere and attitude to spare, "The Black Dahlia" is film noir at it's finest.
November 22, 2006
It meticulously resembles a 60 year-old Hollywood artifact, but with a contemporary cynicism.
November 20, 2006
The Black Dahlia is a good movie, a finely crafted, tasteful, polished, entertaining, and reasonably faithful adaptation of James Ellroy's novel. But it's not a great movie, and that third adjective above is one reason why.
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