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½ May 6, 2017
The greatest film noir made in modern times, and one of the best ever, this film can be seen many times and still provides new joys of discovery and insight. A perfect marriage of story, screenplay, direction, acting and cinematography. Chinatown is engrossing, thrilling, entertaining and disturbing.
½ April 25, 2017
Chinatown is neo-noir that takes all the best aspects of past films in the genre and makes them all work together. It also manipulates the viewer by taking what you expect from classic noirs and putting a new spin on it. I loved how this movie kept me guessing and hit me with some big surprises that shocked me. That's really all you can ask from a mystery movie.

There are a number of slow moments, or at least moments of quiet and calm before the storm. In my opinion it worked because that deliberate pace allowed the tension and anticipation to grow. Every moment I was anxious to see what was next and if I would finally get a clue that would tell me whodunnit.

It doesn't hurt that I love Jack Nicholson. His performance in Chinatown delivers everything I want in a classic private eye character. He is often the smartest guy in the room, he is tough as nails, and he is wise-cracking as well. Faye Dunaway had a tough job as the female co-star. There was a lot of emotional heavy-lifting in that role, which she managed well.

There isn't much more I can say about Chinatown. It clicked all the boxes, and I didn't notice many flaws in the entire thing. I need to give it some time and a few more watches before I claim it as one of my favorites, but I think it will hold up. This is one of those critically acclaimed masterpieces that actually deserves all the praise, and I would gladly recommend it to others.
April 18, 2017
Polanski is worth watching no matter what he does !
½ April 9, 2017
messy and depressing.. in a weirdly good way
March 25, 2017
Nicholson, Dunaway, and the great John Hurt in a crime story / film noir with a twist...
March 20, 2017
I really want to see China-Town as New Movies are usually badly-acted.
The Photos and Videos are good so 10/10!
February 22, 2017
This is a masterpiece with the best work from Robert Town, Roman Polanski and the lead actors Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Everything in this film was thought out flawlessly and Polanski guides the atmosphere in this film brilliantly. Jack Nicholson delivers every scene in high gear and Faye Dunaway's performance seems better with each viewing. This film covers is easily one of the best films I have ever seen and an absolute must see for any aspiring actors, screenwriters, or directors.
February 8, 2017
3 stars + half-star bonus for the crushing instant-classic ending + half-star bonus for David Fincher's commentary track. Now I get it: Zodiac was Fincher's Chinatown.
February 4, 2017
Polanski's Chinatown is suitably vague and creepy with the Polish director's usual twisted psycho-sexual undercurrents.
½ February 1, 2017
I don't understand the love for it. The pacing is awful. It's so dry that it feels like you are watching nothing at times. It does seem to have the right look, but is too boring to appreciate. (First and only viewing - 12/10/2010)
January 28, 2017
What a gem from 1974. A film I had never heard of apart from its listing in Steven Schneider's 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway it was made in the pre-blockbuster era and really shows the brilliance of the director rather than a few gimmicky CGI effects and laser beams!
The film noir genre is epitomised by films from the forties shot in black and white and sort of detective thrillers.
Here we have a Technicolor film from 1974 revisiting the genre.
The performance of Nicholson as private detective Jake Gittes is mesmerising and up there with his other great roles.
Gittes is an ex-policeman who worked in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles.
Now a private detective in 1930s LA. He becomes embroiled in the private life of the chief engineer of LA's water and power department.
Hired by his so called wife at the films beginning he later discovers it wasn't actually who she claimed.
Investigating further what turns out to be so called adultery actually becomes a murder, greed and intimidation case involving the local water supply!
The story could actually have been a screenplay for an episode of Murder, She Wrote but the performances of the cast and ultimately its direction by Polanski are wonderful to watch.
It's the camera angles, the screenplay, photography that all come to the fore.
No doubt you will never have heard of it but I would highly recommended it over the modern multiplex trash.
January 21, 2017
With a decent twisting plot this film is elevated above averageness by the cast, the performances, the score and the direction. Just a shame the plot didn't intrigue me all that much but it was at least entertaining enough to be watchable.
January 19, 2017
It is well know that Chinatown is the greatest neo-noir ever made, but it is the unpopular opinion that it may just be the greatest film ever made. While I don't quite believe this, I do believe that Chinatown is in the ranks of Citizen Kane, The Godfather, and Casablanca. Chinatown is a masterpiece
½ January 19, 2017
No 90 percenter, but a well written and acted detective story with plenty of twists that keep upping the stakes.
January 13, 2017
amaaaaazing movie , one of the best i've ever watched it's just perfect with the twists , the screenplay and i really liked that nicholson is in every scene
½ December 19, 2016
El barrio chino es el pasado que se repite, se pretende superarlo pero uno vuelve a cometer los mismos errores: tener la certeza de estar bien encaminado, hacer el ridículo a gran escala y asimilar con horror que una vez más todo se fue al carajo. En un instante se desmorona lo que se vino construyendo con la confianza de estar haciendo bien las cosas, y no hay marcha atrás. La música es un encanto, te lleva a un estado de ensueño desde la primera nota del bronce que da inicio a la película. La historia avanza a paso firme mientras los hechos del crimen se van enmarañando y de a poco perdemos la noción del lugar que ocupa el protagonista en toda la chacota. 9/10
Super Reviewer
November 24, 2016
An extremely complex film noir full of mystery and intelligent twists that keep us always guessing and trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle, while its brilliant script is only matched by Polanski's excellent direction and Jack Nicholson's nuanced performance.
November 24, 2016
The most mainstream Polanski film up to 1974. A multi-layered film noire with great performances and masterful direction. The film prominently displays Polanski's signature themes. Originally, the first of an intended trilogy of film. Only one sequel was made though. Followed by the sequel: The Two Jakes (1991), which was directed by Jack Nicholson in place of Polanski. This should be a part of The Criterion Collection and is available on Blu-ray in the US.
November 19, 2016
polanski nin yine karma??k bir filmi.. dunaway ve nickholson ba?rolde..
15 ya??nda iken babas?n?n tecavüzü ile cocuk dogurup evden kacan dunaway ?n kocas? sonradan babas? taraf?nda öldürülüyor. olay?n içinde bir de los angeles e yap?lmas? istenilen baraj vs rant i?leri var..
November 9, 2016
Creepy, gritty, and simply unforgettable. One of Jack's greatest performances make this thriller-noir one of the best films ever made.
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