The Big Easy Synopsis
Detective (Dennis Quaid) and prosecutor (Ellen Barkin) probe New Orleans corruption.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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