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Snake Eyes Reviews

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
De Palma continues perfecting his brilliant visual style within the most blatantly artificial plot scenarios.
September 18, 2008
Brian De Palma's exercise in flashy paranoia and shallow cynicism comes out of the gate like gangbusters, but falls apart in a flurry of preposterous plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
September 18, 2008
Wispy threads of dramatic plausibility and character involvement unravel completely by the time of the incredibly silly final reel.

September 18, 2008
Aside from a sensational, continuous 20-minute opening take, and an amazing shot that literally swoops over the top of a row of hotel rooms, there's little of interest here.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
Never loses its bearings as it hovers between preposterous paranoia and a Billy-Wilder-like moral fable about a deeply flawed hero who draws a line in the sand beyond which he cannot go.
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
September 23, 2006
Snake Eyes is about multiple perceptions of one major event, their relationship to each other and to the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The first 20 minutes of Snake Eyes are among the most imaginative and energetic minutes of film I've seen in a while.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film echoes the technical wizardry and complex plotting of De Palma's best film, Blow Out.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 24, 2006
A moderately suspenseful thriller that seems somewhat conventional compared to De Palma's earlier envelope-pushing efforts. Intriguing, but the mystery villain is rather obvious from the start.
| Original Score: 3/4
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Unfortunately, the material that De Palma chooses to hang his flair on feels like a paltry version of No Way Out as if penned by Crichton or Grisham.
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
I give De Palma and company credit for not succumbing to the usual bloat we see in big-budget Hollywood films.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 28, 2004
The mundane plot of Snake Eyes is disguised with lots of camera razzle-dazzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dragan Antulov
April 26, 2004
Promises to be a masterpiece, only to succumb to Hollywood mediocrity -- just like its director.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Instantly forgettable, but good fun while it lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
A dazzling piece of entertainment -- a mystery so cleverly constructed you find yourself wanting to see it again before it's over.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
DePalma, a director who chooses his projects carefully, has scored again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
The film that not only made me give up on Brian DePalma -- the man can't make a good movie anymore -- but it also made me doubt the judgement of Nicolas Cage and Gary Sinise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
It is a bravura display of acting from Mr. Cage, and equally dazzling work from director Brian De Palma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
I don't think that there's anything in this film that really doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
Snake Eyes opens on a roll, but ultimately craps out.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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