Aug 18, 2021
It is a fundamentally strong story, though it lacks the ingenious nuances and twists of Towne's earlier effort.
Aug 18, 2021
The verve, dramatic propulsion and sense of evil that informed Polanski's Chinatown are largely missing from The Two Jakes. But it is, for all its murkiness, an intelligent, enjoyable noir thriller.
Aug 18, 2021
As a thriller, The Two Jakes proves impossible to follow; as an exercise in retro style, it glows with sullen beauty. Forties suits, ties, two-tone shoes: everything is in place, bathed in hard-edged gloom.
Aug 18, 2021
In short, The Two Jakes, combining the best of the old and the best of the new, is one helluva good movie.
Aug 18, 2021
It has, finally the air of a project that was made out of a sense of obligation rather than a drive to entertain, to amaze.
Sep 25, 2020
This snail-paced, convoluted excuse for crime drama is a pathetic way for the highly revered Jake Gittes to fade away.
Aug 13, 2017
Nicholson's turn as Gittes is enjoyable, but it never quite feels like the same man from Chinatown. Yet The Two Jakes is admirably dense in a manner that's satisfying rather than frustrating.
Mar 25, 2017
The Two Jakes is the best Chinatown sequel anyone could reasonably expect, and it's very much worth a look.
Sep 7, 2011
Oct 18, 2008
Nov 8, 2007
The Two Jakes allows Nicholson to reprise one of his most memorable characters as a way of seeing whether he's still got it.
Oct 1, 2007
Jul 24, 2005
Sep 3, 2004
Aug 30, 2004
Points out that we may think we're done with the past but it almost never is done with us.
Feb 10, 2004
Jan 13, 2004
Oct 23, 2003
Of course it's no "Chinatown," but it is satisfyingly moody and atmospheric.
Sep 9, 2003
feels a lot like a retread of Chinatown, only without the style and panache that Polanski brought to the table
Jun 19, 2003
Disappointing follow-up to Chinatown