The Black Dahlia Reviews

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June 6, 2019
If Ed Wood ever made a film noir picture, this is what it would look like.
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.
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.
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.
November 11, 2006
The Black Dahlia turns out to be something of questionable structural integrity, pieced together from old movies.
November 5, 2006
De Palma ... does little more than retrace his steps ...
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.
October 15, 2006
De Palma's lamentable decision to reign in his wild directorial flourishes certainly doesn't do the film any favors...
October 10, 2006
An over cooked ham of a film, overstuffed with vampish performances and a narrative far too convoluted for its own good
October 9, 2006
The story is all over the place, leaving viewers with a complicated and disjointed picture that touches on interesting points without fleshing any of them out.
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
October 1, 2006
Kay is less a character than an image of the Dahlia's opposite (the blond/beige look versus the dark-haired/black-dressed look being your first clue).
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