Leaving Las Vegas - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Leaving Las Vegas Reviews

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September 12, 2017
This movie was like watching a car crash in slow motion. You knew there was going to be a crash, but I just wished it would just happen already, and not have spent two hours getting to the impact.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 29, 2017
What works, first and foremost, are the two lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 7, 2017
[Shue's] terrific (and Oscar-nominated), but the movie belongs to Cage whose fierce, uncompromising performance is as serious as a hangover and as jittery as the shakes. You can practically smell the stale reek of his booze-soaked breath.
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
January 23, 2006
An uncompromising, surprisingly poignant skid-row love story.
| Original Score: 9/10
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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-
February 3, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 5, 2004
A haunting, heartbreaking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 19, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 12, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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