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  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Big Easy is an extremely enjoyable (and well-lubricated) vehicle for two actors who aren't quite yet stars, but should be. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Big Easy is one of the richest American films of the year. It also happens to be a great thriller. show more

  • 88
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    The film's strength is director Jim McBride's seemingly easy way of presenting us with a New Orleans that is more malevolent and intoxicating than the tourist trap that some think it to be. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    Colorful Cajun noir, spicy, romantic, efficient. show more

  • 80
    Sheila Benson Los Angeles Times

    Eventually the film's suspense underpinnings take over its personal story, yet that tension Quaid and Barkin generate still holds. show more

  • 70
    Richard Schickel Time

    A movie that manages to be atmospherically rich while also satisfying the slash-crash imperatives of the police-action genre. show more

  • 70

    Until conventional plot contrivances begin to spoil the fun, The Big Easy is a snappy, sassy battle of the sexes in the guise of a melodrama about police corruption. show more

  • 50
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    The screenplay, by Daniel Petrie Jr. and Jack Baran, has a number of funny lines and situations, but the end result looks fiddled with by people attempting to ''fix'' things. show more

  • 80
    Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel

    The Big Easy is as atmospheric as they come, but -- surprise! -- it's also sharp and swift. Plus, it has ample amounts of chemistry -- the steamy, sexy kind. show more

  • 88
    Hal Hinson Washington Post

    The Big Easy, starring Ellen Barkin and Dennis Quaid, is the sexiest, most companionable movie of the summer. Set in New Orleans, it's an amiable, loping, goof of a movie, with charm to burn and not a thought in its head. show more

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