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July 25, 2016
1950's style noir with terrific pacing: Spacey, Crowe, Pearce and Basinger enough said
July 19, 2016
To me this is the best film of 1997. It perfectly blends nostalgic film noir with a griity police story, set in the center of the movie world of Los Angeles. The dialogue bristles with bite and the suprises are refreshingly...unexpected. A real triumph.
July 13, 2016
Masterfully written, and great performances lead to a captivating mystery with a very satisfying end.
½ June 22, 2016
An excellent script and interesting characters make for a fun neo-noir thriller
½ June 19, 2016
Smart, well-acted and slick.
June 9, 2016
Astonishing movie. The story is original and so well-written, the characters are all captivating and and fun to watch in different ways, the direction is beautiful, truly capturing the dark essence on the beautiful background of Los Angeles during the 50s, and the performances are all perfect, each one doing well go make us feel for the characters, especially Crowe and Pearce in their breakout roles.
½ June 7, 2016
A modern film-noir done perfectly right. Truly breathtaking!
June 5, 2016
Expertly crafted adaptation, by writer-director Curtis Hanson and co-writer Brian Helgeland, of James Ellroy's densely plotted crime novel about police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles. Cynical, morally complex, and hugely entertaining with a film noir style that is the best of the genre since "Chinatown." The performances are uniformly excellent: Russell Crowe is the brutish detective, Bud White; Guy Pearce is the righteous, self-serving Ed Exley; Kevin Spacey is the jaunty Jack Vincennes, who is the technical advisor of a Dragent-style TV show; Kim Basinger is the sultry femme fatale Lynn Bracken; Danny DeVito is the smug tabloid newspaper editor; James Cromwell is the corrupt police Capt. Dudley Smith. As the story unfolds it comprises organized crime, heroin, prostitution, pornography, political corruption, tabloid journalism, and institutional racism in great detail. Amazingly, the filmmakers pare away the extraneous plotting and characters of the novel without sacrificing any of the complexity. The ending lacks the sting of the book but its just as satisfying. A modern classic, this is one of the greatest screen adaptations. Hanson and Helgeland won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Basinger won for Best Supporting Actress. The atmospheric production design is by Jeannine Oppewall; evocative cinematography by Dante Spinotti; dour music score by Jerry Goldsmith. With David Strathairn, Ron Rifkin, Graham Beckel, Paul Guilfoyle, Matt McCoy. It became only the second movie to sweep the four major critics awards for best film. Selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.
June 1, 2016
Hands down my favourite movie.
May 30, 2016
One of the most perfect films ever made
May 21, 2016
L.A. Confidential is quite possibly my favorite movie of all time. All the performances are fantastic and the crime that our "heroes", Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, get caught up in. It's also impossible to mention Kim Basinger's stellar performance which carries the entire movie. Highly recommend to anyone who's a fan of crime movies.
½ May 14, 2016
An interesting film that morphs into a homo erotic bromance between Bud and Ed with Lynn as the surrogate.
May 14, 2016
I came to see because I live in LA. Movie is ok
½ April 11, 2016
Excellent screenplay and gun shootouts throughout. Captures the period very well.
April 2, 2016
Smart, engrossing, intriguing, superbly acted and sexy - L.A. Confidential's wanderings through morality and corruption on the police force has a grip strong enough to match its noir predecessors.
March 23, 2016
This movie is nearly flawless and instantly moved to the top of my personal favorite's. I say even my top 25
½ March 23, 2016
A truly excellent period piece that pays tribute to old school hardboiled detective films. Firstly, the movie is dripping with atmosphere - fully engulfing you in this world of betrayal and violence. But of course what truly sells it are the performances. There's not a dud in this cast and everyone brings their A-game, especially Kevin Spacey as the sleazy Detective Vincennes. One thing that should be said though: make sure that you stay focused on the film from beginning to end. The dense plot and mystery can be difficult to follow if you're not paying 100% attention. To some, this can understandably be a detriment, but it's still no excuse to miss it.
Who would like it? If you love gangster or cop dramas, noirs, or the players involved, then you won't be disappointed. Again, be warned though, watch it on a night when you're mentally prepared.
½ March 22, 2016
Good cop movie, predictable to the end though, good not great suspense
½ March 16, 2016
The least obscure film noir ever.
March 16, 2016
This one's def up there with the greats of all time!
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