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  • Summary: Set against the backdrop of a mythic "New West," this film that is equal parts scathing political lampoon and sun-stunned neo-noir detective story. (Newmarket Films)
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 36
  2. Negative: 10 out of 36
  1. Leaving aside Huston's bland acting and a few other flaws, Sayles's politically charged drama raises a rousing number of issues and ideas, inviting us to ponder them and draw our own conclusions.
  2. 75
    The real action in Silver City happens on the fringes, where the mischief is. Daryl Hannah is spice incarnate as Dickie's sexy screw-up sister. Billy Zane plays a lobbyist with insinuating soullessness. And Dreyfuss feasts on the snappiest lines.
  3. It's a cracking good detective yarn with hints of "Chinatown" and Raymond Chandler, and it's a sharp political lampoon of things we're all reading about on today's front pages.
  4. 50
    The plot of Silver City is movieish in the extreme, with filthy abandoned mines subbing for the bars and alleys of urban noir, but it’s no more than mild cheese--“The Big Sleep” or “Chinatown” without the malice, rigorous design, and narrative epiphanies.
  5. 50
    The satire doesn't go far enough.
  6. Essentially a series of walking character sketches. The storytelling is slack and lackluster, the cliches rampant.
  7. Mr. Sayle's portrait is painfully unfunny, and the movie as a whole is a plodding polemic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5

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