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Chinatown Reviews

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Alastair Sooke
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Odie Henderson
Movie Mezzanine
February 4, 2014
Chinatown is deliciously, intolerably cruel as it toys with us.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 5, 2013
This film is flawless.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
January 3, 2013
See this film as many times as you can. Please.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 3, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 3, 2013
Trust Polanski to make disillusionment seductive - rather more luxuriantly so than Billy Wilder ever managed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Gorber
December 28, 2012
You _can't_ forget it. It's CHINATOWN.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Neil Smith
Total Film
December 17, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 27, 2012
A neo-noir classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 4, 2012
one of the great masterworks of '70s American cinema and an apex of the decade's obsession with genre revisionism
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 24, 2012
Intrigue and suspense are the order of the day, and nothing is as it appears. Inscrutable, to be sure, and a wonderfully entertaining motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Great hardboiled detective film. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Jack Nicholson gives one of his best performances as Jake Gittes, possessing an old school charm that none of his peers can match.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film
October 19, 2009
A landmark blend of acting, directing, structure and design. Chinatown is the greatest detective movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
April 20, 2009
Like "Casablanca," "Chinatown" (1974) represents a perfect storm of prodigious cinema talent coming together under an intoxicating noir setting, albeit of neo noir influence attributed to by the warm California sun.
Full Review | Original Score: A+

March 27, 2009
The greatest film of 1970s cinema's golden era (that wasn't made by Martin Scorsese).
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Fraser
Empire Magazine
March 27, 2009
This is a never-bettered noir masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
A.D. Murphy
March 27, 2009
Roman Polanski's American made film, first since Rosemary's Baby shows him again in total command of talent and physical filmmaking elements.
Top Critic
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2009
Polanski's film suggests that the rules of the game are written in some strange, untranslatable language, and that everyone's an alien and, ultimately, a victim.
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