L.A. Confidential

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Universal acclaim- based on 394 Ratings

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

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  1. PaulaW.
    Nov 14, 2001
    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
    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
    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
    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.

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.