L.A. Confidential Reviews

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November 30, 2020
...a slow-moving yet progressively enthralling drama...
September 14, 2020
A simply stunning score by Jerry Goldsmith accents every nail-biting scene, enhancing the tension and suspense that snowball as motives are unearthed.
August 11, 2020
L.A. Confidential could yet prove too demanding for big audiences, but there are huge narrative pleasures and swoony surprises that lift the picture off in new, darker directions. This may be the best noir storytelling since Chinatown.
August 3, 2020
Its hard edge and mystery, set beneath the bright lights of Tinseltown, makes for a rewarding cinematic experience that does not disappoint with each repeated viewing.
August 12, 2019
Jerry Goldsmith's work for 'L.A. Confidential 'is a compendium of the talent that this master had accumulated during his four decades of career. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 28, 2019
What makes LA Confidential such a perfect film of the Nineties is not that the legend takes over from the fact, since that's almost invariably the case, but that the legend is so knowingly, so unanxiously embraced -- as legend.
October 2, 2017
A sublimely complex story.
June 4, 2014
L.A. Confidential is a movie bull's-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile.
June 4, 2014
There are so many things to enjoy here. Director Curtis Hanson... keeps a complex story coherent and absorbing -- if bloody at the end.
June 4, 2014
At the center of the movie are three mismatched cops with separately fueled ambitions, ferociously played by Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce. Their combined charisma almost smashes through the screen.
June 4, 2014
L.A. Confidential isn't quite up there with Chinatown, but it's the closest thing to come down the Santa Monica Freeway in the last 23 years.
June 4, 2014
Hanson has made the film noir setting virtually another starring character.
June 4, 2014
Spicy and boiling-hot, this sensational early-'50s crime drama is a morality play disguised as pulp fiction -- a sprawling saga of corruption and redemption set against a flashy West Coast backdrop.
June 4, 2014
Hanson delivers something ever rarer in film culture, not a new film noir but an old-fashioned total movie, somehow of a single piece.
June 4, 2014
The story is so complicated that the movie can't quite make it clear, but the picture has impressive energy and high-intensity performances from Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, and Guy Pearce.
June 4, 2014
Like Chinatown before it, this twisted and twisting tale of cops, crime, corruption and hangers-on in 1950s Los Angeles artfully evokes the flip side of the City of Dreams.
June 4, 2014
While not reaching the twisted heights of the superbly sinister Chinatown, L.A. Confidential is smart, complex and engrossing.
June 4, 2014
It doesn't let up for a second, cramming James Ellroy's sprawling novel into a mere 98 minutes. That's both good and bad. The good? It's an exhilarating, breakneck ride. The bad? It's over far too soon.
June 4, 2014
L.A. Confidential is a satisfyingly plotted film with echoes of the 1974 classic Chinatown.
June 4, 2014
The result is a powerful work of art. Seldom has a study of sleaze said more about what makes us all tick.
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