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Based on 17 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Towne doesn't weave all the elements as deftly as before, and his political observations seem secondhand. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The Two Jakes is an interesting movie and audiences are predisposed to warm up to Nicholson the actor, but they may not be so charitable to Nicholson the director. [10 Aug 1990] show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The Two Jakes turns out to be a surprisingly rich movie - if you're willing to spend 138 minutes on what is essentially a psychological study. [10 Aug 1990] show more

  • 40
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    It's ended up a weak imitation of the original. [09 Aug 1990] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's an exquisite short story about a mood, and a time, and a couple of guys who are blind-sided by love. show more

  • 88
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    Jack Nicholson's impressive, convoluted and moody sequel to Chinatown. [10 Aug 1990] show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    What it lacks are the dramatic underpinnings and emotional core that made the original film an engrossing mystery as well as a cinema classic. show more

  • 50
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Two Jakes itself is less tragic than petulant, mired in a self-pitying remembrance of things past. [10 Aug 1990] show more

  • 80

    The Two Jakes is well-acted and looks fabulous, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond paints it eerily bright and shiny. show more

  • 67
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The Two Jakes is competent and watchable. show more

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