100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
One of the best crime dramas to come along in years.
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100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A juicy noir stew of amorality that's the best thing since "Chinatown."
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A movie bull's-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Seductive and beautiful, cynical and twisted, and one of the best films of the year.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Voluptuously engrossing.
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95

Mr. Showbiz

See L.A. Confidential. Be astonished at discovering anew how very, very satisfying movies can still be. And how fine that can feel.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Lately, it seems that film noir has become the province of independent productions. As a result, it's refreshing to see a big-budget, studio effort of this sort that does nearly everything right.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This sleek adaptation of James Ellroy's dauntingly complex novel has the black-and-white tabloid soul of an old "Confidential" magazine.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
"The Big Sleep" and "The Maltese Falcon" echo loudly throughout.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The story is so complicated that the movie can't quite make it clear, but the picture has impressive energy and high-intensity performances from Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, and Guy Pearce.
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90 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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