Chinatown Reviews

June 20, 2019
Lauded for its brilliant structure and build-up to a - you guessed it - shocking finale that still leaves me jaw-dropped after countless repeat viewings.
April 22, 2019
In its total recapturing of a past, in its plot, its vivid characterizations, its carefully calculated and accelerating pace, its whole demonstration of a medium mastered, Chinatown reminds you again that motion pictures are larger, not smaller than life.
April 18, 2019
Once you've seen it, Chinatown never leaves you. Like Jake, you can't forget it.
February 5, 2018
The picture is a kind of pop masterpiece, bursting with vigor, ingenious as the devil, handsome, efficient, engrossing-and quite deliberately divorced from any reality outside a dark theatre.
January 9, 2018
Chinatown is not just another Maltese Falcon or Big Sleep, to be dismissed as a contemporary painting that apes, however skillfully, an old master. It is, rather, a subtly updated version: an equivalent with significant albeit subcutaneous differences.
July 9, 2017
An enduring masterpiece, with Jack Nicholson giving what ranks as one of his four or five greatest performances (and that's saying something).
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.
February 4, 2014
Chinatown is deliciously, intolerably cruel as it toys with us.
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.
January 5, 2013
This film is flawless.
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.
January 3, 2013
See this film as many times as you can. Please.
January 3, 2013
Unmissable.
January 3, 2013
Trust Polanski to make disillusionment seductive - rather more luxuriantly so than Billy Wilder ever managed.
December 28, 2012
You _can't_ forget it. It's CHINATOWN.
December 17, 2012
Unforgettable.
September 27, 2012
A neo-noir classic.
April 4, 2012
one of the great masterworks of '70s American cinema and an apex of the decade's obsession with genre revisionism
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.
January 2, 2011
Great hardboiled detective film. Not for kids.