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Chinatown Reviews

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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
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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.
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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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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The hard-boiled private eye coolly strolls a few steps ahead of the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/6
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
August 5, 2003
In 1974 a director, a screenwriter, and a producer (Robert Evans, who for once deserves a few of the plaudits he's apportioned himself) could decide to beat a genre senseless and then dump it in the wilds of Greek tragedy.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A new private-eye melodrama that celebrates not only a time and a place (Los Angeles) but also a kind of criminality that to us jaded souls today appears to be nothing worse than an eccentric form of legitimate private enterprise.
| Original Score: 5/5
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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
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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