September 8, 2020
One of the best screenplays of all time, even in spite of its Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne.
June 12, 2020
It was with Chinatown that Nicholson made the world sit up and notice: he's in every scene of this film and he fills the frame with that heady mixture of knowing charm and explosive energy.
April 1, 2020
[Polanski] handles the mechanics of the plot with a ruthless brilliance that is immediately involving.
December 13, 2019
Nicholson is terrific as Gittes, and Dunaway, as a troubled widow, gives the performance of her career.
June 20, 2019
Lauded for its brilliant structure and build-up to a - you guessed it - shocking finale that still leaves me jaw-dropped after countless repeat viewings.
April 22, 2019
In its total recapturing of a past, in its plot, its vivid characterizations, its carefully calculated and accelerating pace, its whole demonstration of a medium mastered, Chinatown reminds you again that motion pictures are larger, not smaller than life.
April 18, 2019
Once you've seen it, Chinatown never leaves you. Like Jake, you can't forget it.
February 5, 2018
The picture is a kind of pop masterpiece, bursting with vigor, ingenious as the devil, handsome, efficient, engrossing-and quite deliberately divorced from any reality outside a dark theatre.
January 9, 2018
Chinatown is not just another Maltese Falcon or Big Sleep, to be dismissed as a contemporary painting that apes, however skillfully, an old master. It is, rather, a subtly updated version: an equivalent with significant albeit subcutaneous differences.
July 9, 2017
An enduring masterpiece, with Jack Nicholson giving what ranks as one of his four or five greatest performances (and that's saying something).
May 18, 2016
As private investigator Jake Gittes, hired to dig up some dirt on Hollis Mulwray, chief engineer of Los Angeles's water department, Nicholson saunters round the city delivering one-liners with offhand brilliance.
February 4, 2014
Chinatown is deliciously, intolerably cruel as it toys with us.
January 18, 2013
As much as I admire the work of both Polanski and Nicholson, I found Chinatown tedious from beginning to just before the end.
January 4, 2013
Polanski's telling of his tale of corruption in LA is masterly - thrilling, humorous and disturbing at the same time - and brilliantly played by John Huston and Faye Dunaway as well as Nicholson.