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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Reviews

December 14, 2014
The plot of the film is almost willfully convoluted. But it's also largely beside the point, an excuse for quite a few good scenes, most of them equal parts homage and subversion.
December 14, 2014
Kiss Kiss is such a delightful bombardment, we barely notice that Black's convoluted, serpentine plot doesn't make a lick of sense.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 4, 2013
Jumpy and ironic, Downey is a quicksilver delight and Kilmer is funny as the gay Perry.
December 17, 2011
[Robert Downey Jr. is] the quickest, sharpest, slyest and wryest comic actor on the screen.
November 27, 2007
[A] cheerful mess of a pulp-fiction parody, pumped full of laughs by Michelle Monaghan, Val Kilmer, and Robert Downey Jr.
November 27, 2007
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is as much fun as the title suggests, and packed with banter that rolls off the tongue just as easily.
June 24, 2006
An ultra-knowing exercise in genre deconstruction, and something of a charmer to boot.
November 11, 2005
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is the first movie since 1994's Pulp Fiction not just to understand movie violence as a pop cultural form ... but to play it like a virtuoso violinist.
November 11, 2005
Black has concocted a zany detective dramedy, a jokey, nocturnal Chinatown and an amazingly, amusingly verbose movie, all banter and hard-as-nails detective cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 11, 2005
The movie's self-referential snarkiness borders on too clever for its own good, but there's no denying the fresh new edge to this one-time Hollywood hotshot's directorial debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2005
Kiss Kiss may not smack of the truth or invite analysis, but in a warped way it gets the freaky job done.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 11, 2005
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is crass and crude, and loves every minute of it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2005
Kiss Kiss may be impossibly pleased with itself, but with good reason.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2005
Fast, flashy and filled with gunplay, gumshoes and gangsters...
Read More | Original Score: B+
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
November 10, 2005
A more-than-serviceable dark comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 10, 2005
If you've seen your share of action flicks (who hasn't?) you should have no trouble chuckling. And nodding and winking.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 10, 2005
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang could be construed as a kind of oblique mea culpa, but Black is having too much fun to seem all that apologetic.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 31, 2005
A frenzied, stylish, very funny inside joke.
October 29, 2005
[A] movie-lover's movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 28, 2005
Downey spins joyfully back and forth between farce and realism. Is there any leading man more fun to watch?
October 28, 2005
Black misses the mark here and there, but the film never stands still and bad jokes are quickly displaced by good ones.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2005
Black's postmodern take lives up to its title, though an added Laugh Laugh might have said it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 27, 2005
Movies don't get much cheesier than this -- or much more fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 26, 2005
Vulgar, noisy, pointless and stupid.
October 24, 2005
A slithery treat.
October 21, 2005
A smart, hilarious and affec tionate spoof of detective movies -- and Hollywood -- starring the inspired team of Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 21, 2005
Pretty damned funny in its insubstantial, gratuitously violent, gratuitously everything way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2005
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a terrific one-night stand, but you may wake up, as Harry does, and wonder exactly who you slept with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 20, 2005
All three actors give it their all, but Monaghan stands out with a sexy yet oddly down-to-earth variation on the Midwest girl gone wrong, thanks partly to a dark dysfunctional family secret.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 20, 2005
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang turns into a film that is too ostentatiously pleased with itself, so in love with its own cleverness it doesn't notice it's darn near worn you out.
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.
October 20, 2005
Raucously entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 20, 2005
Hard-boiled dialogue and drop-dead attitude rarely hit their target as hilariously as they do in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 20, 2005
Black's retro-noir reminds us why we love movies: because they can surprise us, even when we're ankle deep in bullet casings, bodies and enough twists to tie us in knots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 20, 2005
Among the biggest surprises of the year.
October 20, 2005
The movie itself may be the slyest bit of all, proving that it's possible to come back not just adequately, but better than before.
October 19, 2005
[A] deliriously enjoyable noir comedy-thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 18, 2005
Tongue planted in its cheek and elbow digging for your ribs, the movie is tricked out with a panoply of new wave stunts.
October 17, 2005
An entertaining, albeit eclectic and eccentric, mélange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2005
I couldn't have liked it more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
May 13, 2005
Quite a roller-coaster ride through the funhouse of Tough-Guy P.I. Fiction.