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To Live and Die in L.A. Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 25, 2011
The action thrives on overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Sean Axmaker
February 17, 2010
[William] Friedkin creates a jittery atmosphere of adrenaline and corruption and danger...
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Variety Staff
October 29, 2008
Engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 30, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Friedkin plays it as brutal and cynical as he ever did with The French Connection...
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
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
Emanuel Levy
July 26, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 24, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 18, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Phil Freeman
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.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 15, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
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
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 6, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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
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