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  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: Woody Harrelson plays a small-timer suckered into a fake kidnapping plot and facing hard time if he can't untangle a mystery involving three women (Shue, Gershon, Sevigny), false identities, cold corpses and assorted clues framing him.  (Warner Home Video)
  • Director: Volker Schlöndorff
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Crime
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 114 min
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Palmetto has a satisfyingly deceptive plot that ultimately takes one too many turns.
  2. The film, adapted from a novel by James Hadley Chase, aspires to out-noir every other film noir that has been lumped under that popular term, including "The Big Sleep" (which it resembles), in plot trickery and steaminess.
  3. 50
    Director Volker Schlöndorff is ponderously out of his depth with comic pulp, and fatally heavy-handed with his actors.
  4. There's no buildup and little shape. Scenes are strong, but the movie as a whole flags.
  5. Reviewed by: David Denby
    40
    Palmetto is an unconvincing, paint-by-numbers pass at American noir by the usually ambitious German director Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum).
  6. 40
    This neo-noir pastiche is so preposterously overwrought that you keep figuring it must be some kind of joke, except that it's not funny.
  7. Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    20
    Revelations of betrayals, faked identities and double-crosses come in waves in the last half-hour of Palmetto, but by then, the film has raised the one question it can't answer: Who cares?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. TonyB.
    Nov 26, 2005
    3
    Steamy as hell, "Palmetto" is too far over the top to be taken very seriously. Unlike the film noir gems it seeks to emulate, it doesn't Steamy as hell, "Palmetto" is too far over the top to be taken very seriously. Unlike the film noir gems it seeks to emulate, it doesn't have a believable moment in it. Expand

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