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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the best crime dramas to come along in years. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This sleek adaptation of James Ellroy's dauntingly complex novel has the black-and-white tabloid soul of an old "Confidential" magazine. show more

  • 100
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A juicy noir stew of amorality that's the best thing since "Chinatown." show more

  • 95
    Mr. Showbiz

    See L.A. Confidential. Be astonished at discovering anew how very, very satisfying movies can still be. And how fine that can feel. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Seductive and beautiful, cynical and twisted, and one of the best films of the year. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A movie bull's-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Lately, it seems that film noir has become the province of independent productions. As a result, it's refreshing to see a big-budget, studio effort of this sort that does nearly everything right. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The story is so complicated that the movie can't quite make it clear, but the picture has impressive energy and high-intensity performances from Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, and Guy Pearce. show more

  • 75
    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    "The Big Sleep" and "The Maltese Falcon" echo loudly throughout. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    A glamorous, alluring entertainment that revels in the artifice of Hollywood while exposing its corrupt heart, L.A. Confidential pays stylish homage to some of the great film noirs of the distant and recent past. show more

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