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Leaving Las Vegas Reviews

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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
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
September 27, 2002
Depressing, dull and dreary.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It certainly has the courage of its convictions.
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.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The film shifts from being morose to mean-spirited and brutal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Cage, a resourceful and daring actor, has never been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
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
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
Mark R. Leeper
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
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
Figgis presents disintegration as a state of grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rebecca Murray
October 1, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2008
The plot goes nowhere, but under the pornographic circumstances Figgis, Cage, and Shue all do fine jobs.
Christopher Null
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 13, 2015
The artistic direction of Figgis keeps it honest and unsentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Tough to watch, but haunting enough to deserve its initial praise.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best.
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