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The Black Dahlia Reviews

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Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling
February 17, 2014
The Black Dahlia doesn't solve the eternal De Palma dilemma, but it sure does fascinate.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Visual marvel after visual marvel
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
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.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
You've barely time to soak up one revelation before another one is dumped on you from a great height.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kam Williams
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A stellar cast of marquee names, coupled with an all-star crew, can't make this entry work.
Kevin A. Ranson
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/4.0
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
December 30, 2006
I can't say anything really stood out in a positive way.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
Filled with atmosphere and attitude to spare, "The Black Dahlia" is film noir at it's finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 22, 2006
It meticulously resembles a 60 year-old Hollywood artifact, but with a contemporary cynicism.
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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 18, 2006
The Black Dahlia revels in its stylish noir production, even though it gets lost in the maze of its zigzagging plot lines.
Keith Uhlich
Reverse Shot
November 11, 2006
Ghost World: Keith Uhlich on The Black Dahlia for Reverse Shot's Brian de Palma symposium.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
The Black Dahlia turns out to be something of questionable structural integrity, pieced together from old movies.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 5, 2006
De Palma ... does little more than retrace his steps ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Cole Arts
November 4, 2006
At no time does the film turn into a satisfying mystery where the audience feels compelled to guess along with our racing detectives.
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
October 20, 2006
Frustrating but fascinating, with moments that refuse to be shrugged off
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 15, 2006
De Palma's lamentable decision to reign in his wild directorial flourishes certainly doesn't do the film any favors...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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