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L.A. Confidential Reviews

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
This may be the best movie of the year; it's definitely one of the greatest crime films of all time.
June 4, 2014
Hanson's achievement as director cannot be overrated. He moves swiftly from scene to scene, yet he allows the actors space to define their characters. Producers will be adding his name to their most-wanted list.
June 4, 2014
The multi-layered plot keeps you riveted for the best possible reason -- you can't start to imagine where the story is leading you, and the fiercely intense payoffs are repeatedly worth the extra concentration.
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 7, 2011
With its plot that zigs and zags like knife slashes, its cynicism stoked to the melting point, the movie brings the thrill of corruption crackingly to life.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 9, 2008
You have to pay close attention to follow the double-crossing intricacies of the plot, but the reward for your work is dark and dirty fun.
April 9, 2008
Stop reading. Put this review on hold until after you've seen L.A. Confidential.
April 9, 2008
An irresistible treat with enough narrative twists and memorable characters for a half-dozen films.
April 9, 2008
This movie restores genre elements to a level of potency that's disturbing, satisfying, and rare as hell.
April 27, 2007
A parlor game has already begun as to whether the supreme acting revelation in L.A. Confidential is provided by Mr. Crowe, Mr. Spacey or Mr. Pearce.
June 24, 2006
As the emotional nexus, a Veronica Lake lookalike trapped in a web of male desires, Basinger is arguably the pick of a perfect cast. Subtle, shocking, compelling and immensely assured.
April 12, 2002
A rattling good police story and a dark, laughing tone poem to the never-innocent city of illusions.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2001
Against all odds, L.A. Confidential succeeds brilliantly, right down to Jerry Goldsmith's score, which evokes his haunting theme from Chinatown without being haunted by it.
February 14, 2001
Its intricate plot is so nihilistic and cold around the heart, its nominal heroes so amoral, so willing to sell out anyone and everyone, that the film is as initially unnerving as it is finally irresistible.
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
January 1, 2000
Fun, if you have the stomach for it.
January 1, 2000
Try to imagine this: a mainstream American movie, rife with violent and often murderous behavior, yet so densely plotted, so richly peopled, that you can't summarize it in a sentence.
January 1, 2000
L.A. Confidential walks on the dark side, enticingly daring us to follow.
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
It's a film that has substance and sweep to match its high sense of style.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
This is about one of the best crime dramas in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Curtis Hanson's resplendently wicked L.A. Confidential is a tough, gorgeous, vastly entertaining throwback to the Hollywood that did things right.
January 1, 2000
Hanson has directed a number of clever suspense films, but this one puts everything else he's done in the shade. L.A. Confidential is at the same time his most personal movie and Hollywood filmmaking at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
January 1, 2000
Admiration will likely extend for years to come.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4