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L.A. Confidential Reviews

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January 1, 2000
It's the story of good white actors stranded, in the name of noir, in a movie that refuses to kick into gear until it's far too late.
June 4, 2014
L.A. Confidential is a satisfyingly plotted film with echoes of the 1974 classic Chinatown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 4, 2014
This may be the best movie of the year; it's definitely one of the greatest crime films of all time.
January 1, 2000
The script has the type of deft plotting that made films like The Crying Game and The Usual Suspects so popular.
June 4, 2014
This superlative filming of James Ellroy's complex 1950s detective story by director Curtis Hanson fuses period authenticity, fluid direction and searing, full-blooded performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
L.A. Confidential is immersed in the atmosphere and lore of film noir, but it doesn't seem like a period picture--it believes its noir values and isn't just using them for decoration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Crooked cops. The mystery and allure of Hollywood in the '50s. Death, double-crossing, and secret alliances. Paparazzi waiting to get that one breakthrough picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 4, 2014
This 1950s-era crime drama has it all, and does it all with a casual mastery that Hollywood once owned but had seemingly misplaced or lost.
September 19, 1997
The look of the film is terrific and is filled with period details. The clothes, the cars, sets and dialogue all weave together to form a great background tapestry to the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 19, 2005
In doing away with manners, Hanson's hardboiled detective stories craft a more hard-hitting picture of the time than any filmmaker who worked in the 1950s could have dreamed
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
May 10, 2011
This is a movie that both deconstructs what it means to be a noir film and is a film noir itself in the best ways possible.
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.
October 14, 2008
Everything Angelinos love and hate about their city is here, as well as anything a movie fan could possibly wish for.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
April 9, 2008
An irresistible treat with enough narrative twists and memorable characters for a half-dozen films.
January 1, 2000
Objectively this film probably ranks with Chinatown and The Maltese Falcon.
Full Review | Original Score: +3 out of -4..+4
September 24, 2007
Dizzying and powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 26, 2006
You could call it a huge epic, but it's also a scrappy movie, full of energy as well as style.
September 26, 2008
A neo-noir masterpiece in the league of "Double Indemnity"...
January 1, 2000
They all contribute to a movie that's unusually delicate, understated and searching -- a movie that catches us up in the faded '50s beauty of Los Angeles.
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