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The Black Dahlia Reviews

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September 15, 2006
The Black Dahlia is a NASCAR race all but ended by a spectacular wreck on the next-to-last lap.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 23, 2006
The Black Dahlia, sadly, is a whale of a groaner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2006
This is far from one of the director's better efforts and should be avoided by all those who are not sworn De Palma boosters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2006
Too often settles for standard B-movie contrivance, proving to disappointed ticket buyers the truth of this odd little movie's best line: 'Hollywood will f*** you when no one else will'.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 14, 2006
De Plama losses control of the tone as the story and its characters spin wildly over the top.
Read More | Original Score: C
September 14, 2006
The Black Dahlia, set in the 1940s, exists to make L.A. Confidential look like God's gift to noir by comparison.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 15, 2006
In The Black Dahlia, narrative strands tangle and wither, and minor characters clutter the plot.
September 15, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 21, 2006
This movie fails to hook early on, so you resist being taken where it wants to go, no matter how intriguing that destination may be.
September 15, 2006
Such a shame that The Black Dahlia collapses into a gruesome pile of steaming camp in the last half hour.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
September 14, 2006
it seems time to stop making excuses for the man -- Brian de Palma has become one very bad director.
| Original Score: 2/5
September 20, 2006
Nails the tale's particulars but not its soul.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 10, 2006
An over cooked ham of a film, overstuffed with vampish performances and a narrative far too convoluted for its own good
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
September 11, 2006
Not about the horrific murder and lacks erotic appeal. Hartnett cries a lot. De Palma kills the golden goose.
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September 15, 2006
Despite genius-level contributions from cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and art director Dante Ferretti, the handsome film is almost abusively murky, trafficking in difficult-to-follow plot manipulations, arbitrary twists and mumbled dialogue.
September 14, 2006
It slides from pulp classic to guilty pleasure to cautionary example to full-bore train wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 30, 2006
A literally ripping good yarn is undercut by some lackluster performances and late-inning overripe melodrama.
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