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Chinatown

(1974)
R In Theaters 06/20/1974 , 130min.
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40%
Viewer score based on 1 ratings
86%
Critic score based on 10 reviews

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Variety
An outstanding picture. Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
But the greatness of Chinatown, unappreciated by my adolescent self, lies not in its cynical view of the California dream (that's too easy) but in its fatalistic, even tragic conception of America and indeed of human nature. Full Review
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
As much as I admire the work of both (Roman) Polanski and (Jack) Nicholson, I found Chinatown tedious from beginning to just before the end. [15 July 1974] Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
A nearly flawless example of movie composition, with close examination revealing how carefully it was put together. For those who take a less studious and more visceral approach to movie viewing, it's also worth noting that Chinatown is a superior thriller - one that will keep viewers involved and "in the moment" until the final, mournful scene has come to a conclusion. Full Review
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
In 1974 a director, a screenwriter, and a producer (Robert Evans, who for once deserves a few of the plaudits he's apportioned himself) could decide to beat a genre senseless and then dump it in the wilds of Greek tragedy. [Review of August 8, 2003 re-release] Full Review

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