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Rated R for strong violence, some grisly images, sexual content and language.

R In Theaters 09/15/2006 , 119min.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
A few scenes are worth the price of admission for their inspired camp alone; Shaw happens to be in two of them. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
The Black Dahlia captivates with its dark style. But as with the particulars of the yet-unsolved case, the movie is frustratingly convoluted. What it accomplishes with its stunning cinematography and set design is undercut by a lack of coherence. Full Review
Dana Stevens
Even when engineering a howler like this, De Palma does it in such high style, with such a confident swagger, that the movie is half over before you realize how little is there. Full Review
James Berardinelli
The sloppiness of the ending doesn't only damage The Black Dahlia, it sinks the project. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
The production certainly looks sumptuous, and certifies Mr. Hartnett as a mainstream movie star. But the script is frequently impenetrable, the pacing is ponderous, and the film noir style can't conceal a crucial piece of misconceived casting. Full Review

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