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To Live and Die in L.A. Reviews

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June 14, 2017
It feels like a transmission from a different planet.
July 31, 2012
The film is cheesy as hell but it is a ton of fun for someone who remembered how this passed as uber-edgy back in the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 25, 2011
The action thrives on overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 22, 2011
A profoundly ambivalent motion picture... completely upends every convention of its hidebound genre without even seeming to notice that it has done so.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 17, 2010
[William] Friedkin creates a jittery atmosphere of adrenaline and corruption and danger...
October 29, 2008
Engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled.
September 15, 2007
Friedkin's 1985 film To Live and Die in L.A. may be one of his very best, though it did not reach the level of acclaim and support of his earlier films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 24, 2006
Friedkin plays it as brutal and cynical as he ever did with The French Connection...
October 8, 2005
William Friedkin returned to form with this tough, stylish and gutsy crime thriller enhanced by one of the great soundtracks of the 1980s.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 13, 2004
To Live and Die in L.A. is undeniably very well made - from the performances to the more technical aspects - but the bottom line is, it's just not all that compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 10, 2003
There's not much substance here, but the film ... showcases a grabber of a car chase that compares favorably with the classic one from Friedkin's The French Connection.
| Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2003
Action set-pieces are brilliantly blocked and shot, but never to the detriment of the unnerving unspooling of the universally unsavory cast of characters.
October 23, 2003
Visceral just often enough to allay the infuriatingly generic shortcuts Friedkin and co. take to a finale that throws the film triumphantly off its Hollywood-conventional axis
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 20, 2003
On its own terms, it's a considerable success, though it's a film that sacrifices everything in the interests of style.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 19, 2003
A sylish bit of 80's action-noir, with an amazing original soundtrack by forgotten one-hit wonders of the decade, Wang Chung.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 22, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
The film isn't just about cops and robbers, but about two systems of doing business, and how one of the systems finds a way to change itself in order to defeat the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
The only problem is that Friedkin would never get any better than this.
March 30, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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