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Based on 36 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The real action in Silver City happens on the fringes, where the mischief is. Daryl Hannah is spice incarnate as Dickie's sexy screw-up sister. Billy Zane plays a lobbyist with insinuating soullessness. And Dreyfuss feasts on the snappiest lines. show more

  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Wildly uneven, with long stretches as dull as Dickie. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Though there's nothing wrong with moral outrage, it doesn't always aid the telling of a complex story. More subtlety might have worked better. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Sayle's portrait is painfully unfunny, and the movie as a whole is a plodding polemic. show more

  • 38
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Essentially a series of walking character sketches. The storytelling is slack and lackluster, the cliches rampant. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It comes off as a fairly straightforward assault on the kind of political corruption that has crossed party lines in movies since the dawn of the medium, and in books before that. The pleasure here is in the dialogue, the characters and the cast. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    It's a cracking good detective yarn with hints of "Chinatown" and Raymond Chandler, and it's a sharp political lampoon of things we're all reading about on today's front pages. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Leaving aside Huston's bland acting and a few other flaws, Sayles's politically charged drama raises a rousing number of issues and ideas, inviting us to ponder them and draw our own conclusions. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie's strength, then, is not in its outrage, but in its cynicism and resignation. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    That Sayles is able to say these things in the context of a compelling story with well-defined characters makes this one of the early fall triumphs of 2004. show more

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