Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Reviews

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December 14, 2014
It's a cinematic giraffe, both awkward and overreaching.
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.
December 10, 2005
Perhaps a better title for the self-referential noir comedy Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang would be Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge.
December 10, 2005
After about a half-hour it became very clear to me that Black had no real idea what his story was and didn't particularly care to find out.
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.
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.
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.
November 11, 2005
I was at first entertained but eventually exhausted by all the movie references, which become maddeningly self-congratulatory.
November 11, 2005
... a smug, self-referential blend of twisty Raymond Chandler-style mystery and "Pulp Fiction"-style spoof of same.
November 10, 2005
Annoyingly glib...Drowns in its own jokiness.
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.
November 3, 2005
Don't Don't Go Go.
October 31, 2005
All affectation and no affect...by the end the smug artificiality of it all has become well-nigh intolerable.
October 29, 2005
Misogynistic, homophobic, smug, and pointless, Black's auteur debut is an exercise in self-reflexivity, and the image reflected back is ugly.
October 26, 2005
Vulgar, noisy, pointless and stupid.
October 25, 2005
...has the bitter irony of someone who used to love the movies until he started making them.
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.
October 21, 2005
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang contains a lot of comedy and invention, but doesn't much benefit from its clever style.
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.
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.
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