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Chinatown Reviews

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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
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
February 4, 2014
Chinatown is deliciously, intolerably cruel as it toys with us.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
January 2, 2011
Great hardboiled detective film. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 3, 2007
A film that truly defines the term classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 8, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
September 16, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2012
A neo-noir classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 3, 2013
See this film as many times as you can. Please.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2002
Chinatown incorporated themes from two eras, but the result is a film for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
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
May 2, 2008
Beyond all the "masterpiece" rhetoric, this is actually a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 25, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
December 1, 2003
classic noir
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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