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January 7, 2018
I am not exactly clear on how Gena Davis could possibly "over do" Charlie (really critics?!) Her character embodied everything the ultimate amnesiac recovering ass kicking woman is supposed to, and she did it before it was cool. Samuel J. nailed his role as an unsuspecting witness of her slowly emerging and very alarming persona. The dialogue that unfolds as he attempts to cope with the predicament and reason with her split personalies? Priceless. Long Kiss Goodnight is a returning favorite in my library- and I say this from a place of respect and understanding of every individuals right to voice their own opinion- anyone criticizing this movie is most definitely high
December 4, 2017
Underrated action film that while flawed, is still one of the smarter movies in the genre. Geena Davis makes for a compelling action heroine, using her physique to great effect and pairs well with Samuel L. Jackson, who deliver's Shane Black's dialogue brilliantly. They also get another great Shane Black villain in Timothy, played with nice smarminess by Craig Bierko. Behind the camera, Renny Harlin's direction is still more flash than substance, but he keeps the story going with some nice set pieces (the finale on the bridge is a standout). The main appeal is Shane Black script, which is one of his best ever written, with fantastic twists & dialogue, though there as some glaring plot holes (Charly's reawakening happens at a very convenient time for the bad guys). Overall, a fun action film, and thanks to Shane Black, another great addition to the holiday film rotation.
½ November 9, 2017
Always love watching Samuel Jackson in action. Gena Davis as always does a great job. One of my all time favorite movies in Espionage/Assassins Suspense/Action/Thriller. Samuel Jackson steals pretty much ever scene he?s in. Love the humorous one liners thrown in. Lots of shoot them up and blow them up action. Gena Davis does superb as an amnesia whose psyche splits from PTA, cookie backing, Christmas float riding super mom Samantha to take no shit Assassin Charlie. This is always a delight to watch.
½ October 13, 2017
The Long Kiss Goodnight works for many reasons, mainly the intriguing plot and excellent dialogue. However, it's obvious why it turned off many viewers. The humor is far too dry and dark and borders on bad taste. Additionally, the antagonist is a straight up psychopath that completely lacks any charisma, making him into an extremely cartoonish yet hateful villain. Combining a serious plot with completely bonkers action sequences in order to appeal to a blockbuster sensibility ends up making for a disjointed viewing experience that is still worth watching, but doesn't enter the ranks of the truly great action movies.
September 30, 2017
One of my favorite movies of all time.
August 28, 2017
Director, Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2, and Deep Blue Sea) directed this script written by screenwriter, Shane Black (Lethal Weapon). This stars, Geena Davis (The Fly) and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction). This film is an awesome and intense thriller with non-stop action. The film is very entertaining, and will keep you watching the whole time. There's twists and turns every which way, and you won't be able to take your eyes off of the screen.
½ July 8, 2017
Great movie with some amazing action sequences.
June 21, 2017
Excellent movie from a time when action movies required skillful acting and an intricate plot.
June 1, 2017
when women really began to kick ass in films b4 this there had only been ripley and sarah conner
May 15, 2017
Sam Jackson & Geena Davis are perfect together... their chemistry made the whole movie absolutely great.
March 20, 2017
With a great screenplay by Shane Black, a solid pairing with Samuel L. Jackson and Geena Davis (with the rest of the cast being good), fun and well shot action (despite some questionable CGI), a decent score and is just a generally entertaining movie despite not having all that much substance and being slightly cliched but that doesn't take away from the enjoyment I get from watching this rather underrated mid-90s action film.
February 21, 2017
With its tongue placed somewhat in its cheek, this well paced action movie knows exactly what it is and is a lot of fun from beginning to end.
February 20, 2017
"The Long Kiss Goodnight" is far from earth-shattering but hits its target thanks to the gradually unraveling backstory, fine acting from Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson and Brian Cox, no-frills action and some clever dialogue. Overall good, solid, '90s fun.
½ November 14, 2016
Great film. really enjoyable. enjoyed every bit of this. one of the best action films I have seen
½ September 21, 2016
Awesome movie! Terrific chemistry between Samuel Jackson and Gena Davis! Amazing action scenes with subtle comedic lines somewhat comparable to Schwarzenegger in True Lies. Go see it!
August 29, 2016
Another movie I haven't seen in 20 years.
August 23, 2016
Havde lige et herligt gensyn med denne actionperle af Shane Black og Renny Harlin med Geena Davis som kvindelig Jason Bourne, der forpurrer en false flag-operation maskeret som arabisk terrorist-angreb. Man kan godt få den tanke, at "nogen" fik ideen til 9/11 her.
½ April 26, 2016
The story in The Long Kiss Goodnight takes a decent amount of time to get going, but once Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson get teamed up and memories start to return, I start to really enjoy this action movie. It has a lot of the hallmarks of a great action blockbuster including lots of gunshots and explosions, a risk of torture and death for the heroes, and genuine emotional stakes. I struggle for part of the film with those emotions because Geena Davis plays the personality of Charly so cold and unfeeling that I wonder if she actually cares. Later in the film they hook me again and I buy it, but there is a period where I struggled with seeing Charly as the protagonist at all.

The casting of this film is spectacular. Geena Davis is convincing as both the sweet homemaker, and the psychotic assassin. Samuel L. Jackson gets to do what he excels at...losing his temper! When he breaks into a rant and starts dropping F-bombs you just know he's having a good time. Brian Cox should play every single government handler in movies because he is absolutely born for that role. You can trust him and want to put your life in his hands in one scene, and then question him and run away in the next. Plus his deep-voiced line delivery adds so much gravitas to the proceedings. David Morse is excellent as a weaselly villain, and Craig Bierko compliments him well as the charming but deadly assassin he employs. I have almost no complaints throughout the entire cast list, except perhaps Yvonne Zima who isn't exactly the best child actor.

The big struggle I have with this movie is the effects. This is late 90s CGI at its worst! What made so many of the 80s action films so great was how authentic the violence seemed. Between the squibs and the controlled explosions you felt like there was real danger and death all around the heroes. The Long Kiss Goodnight sadly includes a lot of digital effects that are painful to watch. There are tons of them that look completely artificial to the point that it was distracting. There are scenes with intensity in this movie when 2 characters are face-to-face, but the big action set pieces strangely reduce the tension because I don't believe the characters are really going to get killed or even burnt because the explosions and fire so clearly aren't there. Luckily the story is strong enough to get me through the lame moments, and still enjoy the film. It's a solid 90s action romp, and one I'd recommend if you can ignore some really garbage visual effects.
April 16, 2016
Great movie why can't I find it anywhere
April 7, 2016
Meh. Geena Davis felt unconvincing, and Samuel L. Jackson plays the same Samuel L. Jackson you see in every role. I'd never watch this again, it's almost the kind of movie that makes you feel like you're getting stupider while watching it. And the plot devices are way too obvious.
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