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Leaving Las Vegas Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 13, 2015
The artistic direction of Figgis keeps it honest and unsentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 7, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995) is a remarkably potent romantic drama that permanently altered the careers of many of the people involved in its creation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Dark and giddy at the same time, Leaving Las Vegas takes us into dreamy, intoxicated places no movie about an alcoholic has gone before.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 19, 2011
Figgis puts a desperate drunk front and center and demands we deal with him and the Jungian shadow he casts. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
September 19, 2008
We're not talking high, morally instructive tragedy here, just a hard lesson in postmodernist outlawry and its sad little anarchies.

Film4
September 19, 2008
Figgis' film, one of the few to show the sleazy flip-side of the glossy city of Las Vega, offers an unblinking portrayal of alcoholism.
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Leonard Klady
Variety
February 11, 2008
The film pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and flies in the face of feel-good pictures.
Harlan Jacobson
TV Guide
February 11, 2008
It's a relief when so dark a film refuses to preach, trusting the viewer to draw his own conclusions about the roots of America's self-destructive funk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2008
The plot goes nowhere, but under the pornographic circumstances Figgis, Cage, and Shue all do fine jobs.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
Figgis presents disintegration as a state of grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It certainly has the courage of its convictions.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 23, 2006
An uncompromising, surprisingly poignant skid-row love story.
| Original Score: 9/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 1, 2005
Grim yet compelling, downbeat but not really depressing, Mike Figgis' multi-nuanced portrait of an alcoholic, splendidly played by Oscar winner Nicholas Cage, is easily is most accomplished and haunting picture.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 5, 2004
A haunting, heartbreaking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Small, searing film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
What gives the film power is Nicholas Cage.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
May 15, 2003
An obviously safe, bland, overly pretentious reading of an ancient story, complete with the stock "hooker with a heart of gold" character.
| Original Score: 1/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 5, 2003
Excellent, dark and disturbing romance. The acting is top-notch.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 17, 2003
It's still an achievement, though its status is quickly fading. Did Shue really deserve an Oscar nomination for this?
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 9, 2002
...a brilliantly realized tone poem... a cauterizing movie -- it burns like bourbon splashed on an exposed heart.
Full Review| Original Score: A
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