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Chinatown Reviews

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Top Critic
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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+
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Great hardboiled detective film. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Zingale
November 3, 2007
A film that truly defines the term classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
[Nicholson's] performance is key in keeping Chinatown from becoming just a genre crime picture--that, and a Robert Towne screenplay that evokes an older Los Angeles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
February 24, 2002
It takes a Herculean effort to transform this type into a character and to replace the formula with a story, and Chinatown's success in both of these regards is one of the reasons it is universally viewed as a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 16, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 27, 2012
A neo-noir classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Chinatown incorporated themes from two eras, but the result is a film for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tony Macklin
February 1, 2009
Is Chinatown the best private eye film ever? It may well be. Nearing its thirty-fifth anniversary, it deserves a reconsideration and a celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
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
Brian Holcomb
May 2, 2008
Beyond all the "masterpiece" rhetoric, this is actually a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rebecca Murray
February 25, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
classic noir
| Original Score: 4/5
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+
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