• Released
  • September 17, 2004
  • R , 2 hr 4 min
  • Comedy
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Leaving aside Huston's bland acting and a few other flaws, Sayles's politically charged drama raises a rousing number of issues and ideas, inviting us to ponder them and draw our own conclusions.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The real action in Silver City happens on the fringes, where the mischief is. Daryl Hannah is spice incarnate as Dickie's sexy screw-up sister. Billy Zane plays a lobbyist with insinuating soullessness. And Dreyfuss feasts on the snappiest lines.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It comes off as a fairly straightforward assault on the kind of political corruption that has crossed party lines in movies since the dawn of the medium, and in books before that. The pleasure here is in the dialogue, the characters and the cast.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
It's a cracking good detective yarn with hints of "Chinatown" and Raymond Chandler, and it's a sharp political lampoon of things we're all reading about on today's front pages.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though there's nothing wrong with moral outrage, it doesn't always aid the telling of a complex story. More subtlety might have worked better.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Wildly uneven, with long stretches as dull as Dickie.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Essentially a series of walking character sketches. The storytelling is slack and lackluster, the cliches rampant.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As it is, the movie only shudders to life when Dickie Pilager's onscreen.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Silver City may be the mustiest political-conspiracy tale ever filmed; it's like "Chinatown" rewritten by Ralph Nader.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Sayle's portrait is painfully unfunny, and the movie as a whole is a plodding polemic.
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47 out of 100
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