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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Writer and director Carl Franklin ("One False Move") scores a triumph in using the brooding atmosphere and racial tension of the sun-kissed, seedy City of Angels to reveal character and reclaim a neglected past that ace cinematographer Tak Fujimoto brings to vivid life. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Washington, no surprise, is terrific, his sensitivity offset with touches of knowing, self-deprecating humor. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    It's a hoary Chinatown knock-off wrapped in a seductively novel black-culture veneer, with a dash of Laura added for bad measure. [29 Sept 1995, p.01.D] show more

  • 100
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Director Carl Franklin, who also adapted the screenplay from Walter Mosley's prize-winning novel, isn't particularly concerned with the machinations of mystery plots. Nor is he seduced by the temptations of noir visual style (although Tak Fujimoto's camera work is plenty stylish). show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is entertaining on its own terms, and Washington's warmth at the center of it is like our own bemusement, as together we return to the shadows of noir. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Franklin juggles it all with wit and style, and suddenly you feel fine that this is only Mosley's first Easy Rawlins novel. Several more are just waiting to be adapted. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Easy isn't much of an acting challenge, but Washington's mix of charm and intensity creates an appealing personae. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A bland, workaday detective flick that should have been much better than it is. show more

  • 60
    Kim Newman Empire

    Compared to similar genre offerings, this ain't much cop. But standing alone, it's an entertaining and amiable film. show more

  • 78
    Austin Chronicle

    On the mean streets, Devil is okay; but it's something special when it gets to Easy's street. show more

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