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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 21, 2005
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang contains a lot of comedy and invention, but doesn't much benefit from its clever style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
May 18, 2005
Perhaps too clever for its own good and so confusingly dense one is tempted to stop trying to follow the plot and just go along for the ride.
Willie Waffle
November 3, 2005
Don't Don't Go Go.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 8, 2005
While Downey Jr. and Kilmer come through this exercise unscathed, the whole think is just too busy, too pleased with its own bratty hipness...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Erik Childress
October 20, 2005
Black winds up sabotaging his own material when another director's perspective could have successfully meshed parody with the hallucinatory underbelly of pulp fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 13, 2006
It's a movie that becomes so taken with itself, that it seems to be doing the laughing instead of the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 20, 2005
Shane Black's film noir is a movie with no particular reason for existing, a flashy, trifling throwaway whose surface cleverness masks a self-infatuated credulity.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 21, 2005
Kiss Kiss is so inside Hollywood, so anxious to bite the hand that fed Black, that it plays like an elaborate prank.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 10, 2005
While Downey's rumpled insouciance jibes with the movie's jaded, narcissistic tone, it's a hard tone to take for a hundred minutes or so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 11, 2005
... a smug, self-referential blend of twisty Raymond Chandler-style mystery and "Pulp Fiction"-style spoof of same.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Edward Darell
December 14, 2014
It's a cinematic giraffe, both awkward and overreaching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 10, 2005
Perhaps a better title for the self-referential noir comedy Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang would be Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Clark
November 14, 2005
An occasionally funny and entertaining film that ultimately tries too hard and cannot maintain the breakneck pace that the first act antes up.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
November 10, 2005
Annoyingly glib...Drowns in its own jokiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 18, 2005
It's not Black's material that misses; it's his refusal to let anyone -- especially the audience -- take a breather between all those bangs and kisses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
November 17, 2005
[Director Shane] Black is so determined to break down the 'fourth wall,' he loses sight of all reality. His film is too gimmicky for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
October 18, 2005
Downey's pseudo-hip one liners do not work.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
October 25, 2005
...has the bitter irony of someone who used to love the movies until he started making them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sheri Linden
Boxoffice Magazine
May 18, 2005
Bang knows how to strike a pose, but not how to shoot straight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
October 19, 2005
Lethal Weapon 5
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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