Leaving Las Vegas - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Leaving Las Vegas Reviews

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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
September 27, 2002
Depressing, dull and dreary.
| Original Score: 1/5
September 10, 2002
Brilliant film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 17, 2002
Unfortunately, the movie as a whole isn't as good as its stars. In fact, it's a bit of a drunk itself, given to self-indulgent poses and poetic pretentiousness.
May 12, 2001
A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best.
February 27, 2001
A great film, one of the best of the year. If you can stomach it, it is a moving experience that says something about humanity and human experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 13, 2001
A film laden with virtues but difficult to embrace.
January 1, 2000
Nicolas Cage, who has a track record of immersing himself in parts, gives one of the year's most powerful acting turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Cage, a resourceful and daring actor, has never been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Playing an alcoholic is traditionally a route to critical acclaim, and Cage delivers beautifully.
January 1, 2000
A unique movie about fulfillment through love - the love of a man, a woman, and a bottle. It also has two of the best acting performances of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Leaving Las Vegas is the kind of movie that feels like a terrific place to visit, but you know in your heart that you'd never want to dwell there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
The film shifts from being morose to mean-spirited and brutal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Tough to watch, but haunting enough to deserve its initial praise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
While it's sad and spooky enough to send shivers down your spine, it is surprisingly able to avoid melodramatics and still leave us with a powerful message.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Exceedingly well acted, skillfully crafted, and even, at times, a joy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
A powerful movie about self-destruction and emotional neediness.
January 1, 2000
Leaving Las Vegas is about people on the margins of society. That has been done before in films like Barfly, but it perhaps has never been done as well as in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: low +3 out of -4..+4
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