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  • Summary: A petty thief (Downey) posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl (Monaghan) and a detective (Kilmer) who's been training him for his upcoming role.
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. This is one of Downey's most enjoyable performances, and one of Kilmer's funniest. It's a relationship comedy wrapped in sharp talk and gunplay, a triumphant comeback for Black, and one of the year's best movies.
  2. 88
    This tribute to old-fashioned hard-boiled detective fiction is laced with Hollywood satire and snappy, lightning-fast dialogue.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Bold and breathless, this trippy, hilarious, know-it-all comedy-thriller will have you reliving its ironic spoils for days, but you'll still be hard-pressed to nail the actual story.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's a merry deconstructive delight and easily the best party in town.
  5. Downey and Monaghan are wonderful at playing characters that compensate for the harshness of their past with flippant swaggers.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Once again making a diverting but insubstantial movie look better than it is, Downey, with haggard charm to burn, is winning all the way. Kilmer is riotous at times as an impeccably groomed, businesslike guy keen to assert his orientation at every opportunity.
  7. It's just a movie with no particular reason for existing, a flashy, trifling throwaway whose surface cleverness masks a self-infatuated credulity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 60
  2. Negative: 6 out of 60
  1. Feb 2, 2012
    Who said sarcasm is the lowest form of wit? Kiss Kiss Bang Bang would beg to differ as it thrives off of laughing at other peoples mistakes. It seems cruel but the film does it in a way that makes it acceptable by only employing it between the two leads Harry (Robert Downey Jr) and Perry (Val Kilmer). The film is a dark twisted buddy cop film, which is what you would expect from Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black in his directorial debut. However the difference between Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Lethal Weapon is the fact that Harry and Perry hate each other, they really do. Thatâ Expand
  2. chaninderb.
    Nov 22, 2005
    Amazingly clever and funny.
  3. RobertR.
    Jul 18, 2006
    This is the only movie in three years that I have gone out of my way to recommend to people. It's everything a movie should be, smart, funny, totally watchable and because it turns the conventions of hard-boiled noir on it's ear--it's totally RE-watchable. Black is a master of dialogue, character, pacing and tone. If you have a friend who doesn't like this film, you should consider ending the friendship. Expand
  4. SusanM.
    Dec 6, 2005
    I wasn't sure about this movie in the first 5 minutes, but it quickly proved to be time well spent! The acting was great, and the story line (although a bit complicated) was imaginative and cool. I was happy to go and see something different, it's nice to know there is still some originality left in Hollywood!! Expand
  5. Aug 29, 2014
    Thanks to its charming cast and supreme action, this energetic, gloomy film is not only thoroughly entertaining but it's also funny. Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer are the men. Expand
  6. SamD.
    Jul 30, 2006
    Just short of brilliant.
  7. PaulW
    Nov 27, 2005
    Just awful..plain boring. You just don't care what happens to the characters in the film and whats the story with the script ??!! Kilmer looks like hes put three stones on and is just going through the motions in this film..east money for him as hes doesnt even have to try and act in this turkey.. Avoid at all costs...I actually want to leave the cinema it was that bad...go and watch "Crash" Expand

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