Chinatown Reviews

  • Felipe
    1d ago

    Excellent film noir mystery with outstanding performances by Faye Dunaway, Jack Nicholson and John Huston.

    Excellent film noir mystery with outstanding performances by Faye Dunaway, Jack Nicholson and John Huston.

  • Penny
    3d ago

    Very I interesting plot twist!

    Very I interesting plot twist!

  • Aug 22, 2019

    Robert Towne's screenplay is arguably the finest ever written.

    Robert Towne's screenplay is arguably the finest ever written.

  • Aug 21, 2019

    A brooding, dark reflection about corruption and overwhelming power. Between the tight dialogue, the clever use of cinematic tools, and Nicholson's performance, this film still stands out as being a damn well made piece of cinema.

    A brooding, dark reflection about corruption and overwhelming power. Between the tight dialogue, the clever use of cinematic tools, and Nicholson's performance, this film still stands out as being a damn well made piece of cinema.

  • Aug 16, 2019

    A captivating mystery/thriller that definitely draws more effect from its memorable ending. Nicholson is great as usual and the development of the story is great. I thought it lagged at times, but there’s no doubt why the film gathered the acclaim it did

    A captivating mystery/thriller that definitely draws more effect from its memorable ending. Nicholson is great as usual and the development of the story is great. I thought it lagged at times, but there’s no doubt why the film gathered the acclaim it did

  • Aug 06, 2019

    Film Noir used to be a morally gray private eye investigating an unusual murder, wrestling with the morality of it all but ultimately doing the right thing in the end. By the ‘70s it turned into a genre where the endings were instead nihilistic and grim. This movie is the epitome of that turning point. The bleak plot and tone are balanced out by the superb acting and dialogue. It's the kind of movie that students watch to understand historical context, but nobody watches just for fun. Closest comparison: It's in between The Maltese Falcon and L.A. Confidential, both tonally and temporally. Setting: Film Noir Plot: Mystery Tone: Thriller

    Film Noir used to be a morally gray private eye investigating an unusual murder, wrestling with the morality of it all but ultimately doing the right thing in the end. By the ‘70s it turned into a genre where the endings were instead nihilistic and grim. This movie is the epitome of that turning point. The bleak plot and tone are balanced out by the superb acting and dialogue. It's the kind of movie that students watch to understand historical context, but nobody watches just for fun. Closest comparison: It's in between The Maltese Falcon and L.A. Confidential, both tonally and temporally. Setting: Film Noir Plot: Mystery Tone: Thriller

  • Aug 05, 2019

    I think Chinatown is an overrated film. The humor is appalling. The plot is disturbing. It's a volcano that builds up and never blows. In the end the bad guy kind of wins. You don't get a dramatic ending. You get a rushed ending with a now famous quote that doesn't even make sense.

    I think Chinatown is an overrated film. The humor is appalling. The plot is disturbing. It's a volcano that builds up and never blows. In the end the bad guy kind of wins. You don't get a dramatic ending. You get a rushed ending with a now famous quote that doesn't even make sense.

  • Jul 31, 2019

    Sad ending, girl die, Blobbo cry.

    Sad ending, girl die, Blobbo cry.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    Roman Polanski's Chinatown is one of the most amazing screenplays ever penned, one of the most gorgeously photographed film ever made and one of the best examples of a finely paced puzzle movie that doesn't fully unfold until the very last frame. Jack Nicholson plays JJ Gittes a private investigator in Los Angeles who gets embroiled in a case that includes big figures and the entire cities drainage system! The pacing is excellent- so good that despite being a long movie it never feels such. Nicholson and Dunaway are excellent and have such good chemistry they wouldn't look out of place in a classic film. Playing the villain Noah Cross is the great director John Huston, and he is menacing, scary and the stuff of nightmares. The film looks great with every scene bathed in gorgeous sun-drenched light that gives this noir an edge. The script is practically a bible for film students. Roman Polanski's Chinatown is worthy of all the praise it has received.

    Roman Polanski's Chinatown is one of the most amazing screenplays ever penned, one of the most gorgeously photographed film ever made and one of the best examples of a finely paced puzzle movie that doesn't fully unfold until the very last frame. Jack Nicholson plays JJ Gittes a private investigator in Los Angeles who gets embroiled in a case that includes big figures and the entire cities drainage system! The pacing is excellent- so good that despite being a long movie it never feels such. Nicholson and Dunaway are excellent and have such good chemistry they wouldn't look out of place in a classic film. Playing the villain Noah Cross is the great director John Huston, and he is menacing, scary and the stuff of nightmares. The film looks great with every scene bathed in gorgeous sun-drenched light that gives this noir an edge. The script is practically a bible for film students. Roman Polanski's Chinatown is worthy of all the praise it has received.

  • Brian
    Jun 17, 2019

    I don't see what the fuss is about

    I don't see what the fuss is about