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Leaving Las Vegas Reviews

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October 13, 2015
The artistic direction of Figgis keeps it honest and unsentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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-
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
September 19, 2008
We're not talking high, morally instructive tragedy here, just a hard lesson in postmodernist outlawry and its sad little anarchies.
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.
February 11, 2008
The film pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and flies in the face of feel-good pictures.
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
February 11, 2008
The plot goes nowhere, but under the pornographic circumstances Figgis, Cage, and Shue all do fine jobs.
September 24, 2007
Figgis presents disintegration as a state of grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 24, 2006
It certainly has the courage of its convictions.
January 23, 2006
An uncompromising, surprisingly poignant skid-row love story.
| Original Score: 9/10
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-
December 5, 2004
A haunting, heartbreaking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 20, 2003
Small, searing film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2003
What gives the film power is Nicholas Cage.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
March 5, 2003
Excellent, dark and disturbing romance. The acting is top-notch.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
December 9, 2002
...a brilliantly realized tone poem... a cauterizing movie -- it burns like bourbon splashed on an exposed heart.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
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