Reviews

Nov 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.
Feb 17, 2014
The Black Dahlia doesn't solve the eternal De Palma dilemma, but it sure does fascinate.
Aug 30, 2009
Visual marvel after visual marvel
Apr 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.
Dec 13, 2006
Filled with atmosphere and attitude to spare, "The Black Dahlia" is film noir at it's finest.
Nov 22, 2006
It meticulously resembles a 60 year-old Hollywood artifact, but with a contemporary cynicism.
Nov 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.
Nov 18, 2006
The Black Dahlia revels in its stylish noir production, even though it gets lost in the maze of its zigzagging plot lines.
Nov 11, 2006
Ghost World: Keith Uhlich on The Black Dahlia for Reverse Shot's Brian de Palma symposium.
Oct 20, 2006
Frustrating but fascinating, with moments that refuse to be shrugged off
Oct 13, 2006
After two hours of meandering, convoluted indulgences and loose ends, 'The Black Dahlia' reveals a kinder, gentler Brian De Palma. He should be a good guy to have around.
Oct 3, 2006
features amazing production design and a fascinating story at first, the film does eventually fall apart at the end.
Oct 2, 2006
Until it derails while heading into its final turn, The Black Dahlia represents Brian De Palma's most assured moviemaking in at least a decade.
Sep 30, 2006
The Black Dahlia is both a studious new entry to the genre and a schizophrenic parody of it.
Sep 29, 2006
Highly stylized and overburdened with plot yet always engaging.
Sep 29, 2006
The movie, like the case, has some loose ends and some compelling moments.
Sep 28, 2006
... Hillary Swank gives a Lauren Bacall edge to her femme fatale ...
Sep 26, 2006
The Black Dahlia is not a black mark on the talent track record of anyone involved. Yet with such a potentially powerful story, it should have been something very special.
Sep 23, 2006
The pairing of Ellroy and De Palma proves a marriage made in hardboiled heaven.
Sep 23, 2006
It only works in fits and starts and the grand climax is too Rocky Horror to be true, yet the heady redolence of a bygone era still proves seductive.