L.A. Confidential

User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 394 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 394

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User Reviews

  1. PaulaW.
    Nov 14, 2001
    5
    The highly overrated L.A. Confidential is more like a Hollywood costume party than a true noir. The busy plot can't conceal the lack of any real tension, and the elaborate sets and costumes belie the pulpy, bare-bones quality of the original noirs. The final shoot-out goes way over the top. A great performance by Kevin Spacey and fine scenery, but not much else.
  2. ButteredPopcorn
    Nov 1, 2002
    6
    Very engaging, especially the Crowe character. Upon 2nd viewing, it didn't hold up so well. Mostly just archetypal characters in a big budget hollywood flic, Slightly more imagination/humor than average, though, make it stand out. Ending did stink.
  3. YoonMinC.
    Sep 26, 2003
    5
    Fine directing, acting, writing, cinematography, and whatever else. However, unlike Chinatown, this is noir encased behind thick glass-plate window and luxuriously lit for museum purposes. It's noir as a mummy exhibition. No matter how gold varnished the coffin the thing inside is dead.
  4. Jan 7, 2015
    5
    Maybe its just me but nearly every single character in the movie came across as a phony. L.A Confidential is nothing more than a standard cop show you see every day on T.V.
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. A movie bull's-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile.
  2. A juicy noir stew of amorality that's the best thing since "Chinatown."
  3. 100
    A tough, gorgeous, vastly entertaining throwback to the Hollywood that did things right. As such, it enthusiastically breaks most rules of studio filmmaking today.