• Released
  • September 15, 2006
  • R , 1 hr 59 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • 140 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Two cops (Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart) investigate a starlet's grisly murder in 1940s Los Angeles.

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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The second half feels heavy and unfulfilled, potential greatness reduced to a good movie plagued with problems.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film is more than a little in love with the corruption it finds under the floorboards -- and that, of course, is perfectly dandy. I...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The film's atmosphere is incendiary. It has style to burn. But for the most part, the performances are all wet.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
If this overcooked version of James Ellroy’s novel - inspired by a famous 1947 Los Angeles murder - is less than fully satisfying or even...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Looks and flows great, dripping with the 1940s crime-thriller atmosphere that James Ellroy described in his 1987 novel. On other levels --...
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The production certainly looks sumptuous, and certifies Mr. Hartnett as a mainstream movie star. But the script is frequently impenetrable,...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The first thing you notice about this so-so adaptation of James Ellroy's novel is the shoddy acting.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Black Dahlia captivates with its dark style. But as with the particulars of the yet-unsolved case, the movie is frustratingly...
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
In writer Josh Friedman and director Brian de Palma's attempts to condense the book's convulsively odd final chapters, they've created an...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The world of The Black Dahlia is beyond bleak, beyond film noir.
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Rated R | For strong violence, some grisly images, sexual content and language
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Common Sense Media says not for kids Unsolved Hollywood murder inspires dark '40s noir.
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