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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There's no buildup and little shape. Scenes are strong, but the movie as a whole flags. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Harrelson hits just the right sardonic note in this self-mocking crime drama, but look out for grisly touches along the way. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie has elements of the genre and lacks only pacing and plausibility. You wait through scenes that unfold with maddening deliberation, hoping for a payoff--and when it comes, you feel cheated. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    The script, based on British pulp writer James Hadley Chase's novel "Just Another Sucker," is a muddle, and no actors, no matter how compelling or talented, could make its silly dialogue work. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    There's not a moment of originality in the entire motion picture. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The result, as a colleague once so aptly put it, is less film noir than film beige. show more

  • 50
    Film Threat

    What begins as a lush, pulpy gothic laced with intrigue quickly spins into a convoluted web of over engineered and preposterous plot twists. show more

  • 40
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    This neo-noir pastiche is so preposterously overwrought that you keep figuring it must be some kind of joke, except that it's not funny. show more

  • 40
    Angie Errigo Empire

    There is nothing reprehensible about Palmetto; it simply falls short of conviction because you're too aware you've seen it all a hundred times before. show more

  • 50
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Palmetto follows the rules of film noir so slavishly that it's tough not to like it just on its own dopey, headstrong merit. show more

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