Leaving Las Vegas - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Leaving Las Vegas Reviews

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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
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.
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