100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Big Easy is one of the richest American films of the year. It also happens to be a great thriller.
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88

Washington Post

By Hal Hinson
The Big Easy, starring Ellen Barkin and Dennis Quaid, is the sexiest, most companionable movie of the summer. Set in New Orleans, it's an amiable, loping, goof of a movie, with charm to burn and not a thought in its head.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
The film's strength is director Jim McBride's seemingly easy way of presenting us with a New Orleans that is more malevolent and intoxicating than the tourist trap that some think it to be.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Sheila Benson
Eventually the film's suspense underpinnings take over its personal story, yet that tension Quaid and Barkin generate still holds.
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80

Orlando Sentinel

By Jay Boyar
The Big Easy is as atmospheric as they come, but -- surprise! -- it's also sharp and swift. Plus, it has ample amounts of chemistry -- the steamy, sexy kind.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The Big Easy is an extremely enjoyable (and well-lubricated) vehicle for two actors who aren't quite yet stars, but should be.
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75

TV Guide

Colorful Cajun noir, spicy, romantic, efficient.
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70

Time

By Richard Schickel
A movie that manages to be atmospherically rich while also satisfying the slash-crash imperatives of the police-action genre.
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70

Variety

Until conventional plot contrivances begin to spoil the fun, The Big Easy is a snappy, sassy battle of the sexes in the guise of a melodrama about police corruption.
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50

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
The screenplay, by Daniel Petrie Jr. and Jack Baran, has a number of funny lines and situations, but the end result looks fiddled with by people attempting to ''fix'' things.
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77 out of 100
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