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Leaving Las Vegas Reviews

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½ March 6, 2017
Undeniably dour. The acting is some of the best in decades.
December 8, 2016
The doomed love story in this film involves a prostitute and a suicidal drunk and they're maybe the most perfect match for each other in the history of cinema. The Las Vegas setting, with its tolerance and encouragement of varying kinds of sin, makes the perfect setting-booze-soaked, neon-drenched, jammed with strangers. It's sad without being cynical and romantic without being false.
½ December 2, 2016
Awful direction, awful camera work, terrible character development (aka none for Elizabeth Shue) and ridiculous match up of people. If they had given Sera literally any character development other than a terrible rape sequence this could have had some merit. But alas, it's just a male suicide fantasy. Cage and Shue di their best but in the end it's just a lifeless stinker.
November 22, 2016
This Academy Award winning movie was depressing. No happy ending here. But yes, it's well acted by both main characters Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue. For Cage especially, it's an amazing and convincing performance. Definitely not for kids.

Basically this is the story of two people each living in their own personal hell who come together. Their paths meet and intertwine as they continue their way down into darkness. It seems for a while like love might save them, but no, it doesn't.

He's an alcoholic. She's a prostitute. Oh joy.

If you think she's the lucky one in the end, think again. She may yet be alive, but is she in too deep to escape? How much longer does she have?

It may be a well done movie, but like I said, it's depressing. Not for kids. Why might you even want to watch something like this? Not really sure. Maybe to feel better about your own life?
October 29, 2016
Nobody seems to notice the homage paid to the other prostitute, Bree Daniels, in the movie Klute. There also the technique of having her talking to a psychoanalyst is used except that the therapist is sometimes visible. As well, the hypothetical is more credible because Bree was a high-class call girl, not a street walker. And then, yet again, I never saw a street walker who looked like Sera in my nine years of living in Las Vegas, and I should know. And I do know. I'm surprised that no reviewer made the connection here. Between the two movies.
½ September 14, 2016
Nic Cage is outstanding as he portrays Ben's inevitable descent into the alcoholic abyss. Poignant without being mawkish, this film is an accomplished depiction of the battle against one's own demons.
½ August 19, 2016
Slow moving, but at a reasonable pace that effectively depicts the descent of alcoholism.
½ August 9, 2016
Very well acted by both Cage and Shue. It's a pretty depressing story, but that doesn't take away from how good the movie is.
½ April 17, 2016
Sad love story. Best performance by Nicholas Cage.
½ April 17, 2016
Remember when Nicolas Cage knew to pick roles and to act them in a good way? This is the ultimate example of that time. Outstanding movie.
½ March 19, 2016
With the longest string of poor to mediocre movies in Hollywood history, it is surprising that Nicholas Cage continues to find work. This is not a deep or good film. In fact, the amount of drinking portrayed is often comical. I believe this film has benefited from the early"groupthink" bandwagon of positive reviews, because critics are too afraid to write what they feel rather than try to move within the pack of consensus for fear they have "got it wrong". This film is shallow, poorly acted by Cage and downright silly. This is not a great film and may actually be considered disturbing for depth of its depressing content.
March 16, 2016
One of my favourite movies. Crushingly depressing of course.
January 30, 2016
Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth Shue make chemistry on a drama about two people in care. Sad and depressing, it taught me something: Never go to Las Vegas!
January 29, 2016
Cage and Shue give astonishing performances in this bleak but touching story about suffering and love's power. Figgis captures Las Vegas in a way that evokes a glittering, restless and dreary place unaware of its inhabitants, giving these 2 characters a sense of quiet and detachment from the rest of the world. Through love, they find temporary solace from their tragic existence. It's intimately made, but it covers a wide terrain of human emotion w/ raw sensibilities and an unflinching approach. It's a small triumph.
January 14, 2016
GEEEEZZZ!!!! I had such high hopes for this film, but in the end I was so let down. Roger Ebert compared this film to the classic P.T. Anderson film "Hard Eight" which is one of my all time favorite movies, that could not be further from the truth the only thing those two movies share in common is hookers and Las Vegas. I'm all for melancholy, sad films but they have to be done correctly, this film repeatedly beat the dead horse over and over again. The film did earn two stars for the acting of both the leads and in my opinion Elizabeth Shue gave a better performance than Cage in this film who ended up winning an Oscar for his work. Towards the end of the film I found myself fast forwarding just to get to the end. I would strongly encourage anyone reading this review to go see the film "Hard Eight" and see for yourself what a true classic looks and feels like, both films were made around the same time but but "Hard Eight" Still feels fresh. Leaving Las Vegas just oozes with the stale feel of the 90's.
January 5, 2016
One of the best films of the 90's.
Super Reviewer
December 16, 2015
An awfully bleak and depressing drama that doesn't offer us any door or way in to connect with a deplorable alcoholic who only wants to die and a pitiable prostitute in need of his love - and her interview scenes are just intrusive, unnecessary and heavy-handed like most of the script.
December 2, 2015
Jesus Christ the heartbreak, the dedication, the convictions. Fantastic film, I never want to watch again, my heart aches at the premise
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