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  • Summary: Rick Santoro (Cage), a flamboyant Atlantic City police detective, comes to watch the fight and cash in on the hectic betting action. Suddenly, gunfire cuts down a ringside government official, and 14,000 fans suddenly become 14,000 suspects. What eyewitnesses saw, what a casino-wide spycamRick Santoro (Cage), a flamboyant Atlantic City police detective, comes to watch the fight and cash in on the hectic betting action. Suddenly, gunfire cuts down a ringside government official, and 14,000 fans suddenly become 14,000 suspects. What eyewitnesses saw, what a casino-wide spycam network reveals and what a mysterious woman in white knows--all lead to a shattering truth Santoro does not want to believe. (Paramount)


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  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. 80
    Snake Eyes can't sustain its masterful first hour, but it's better than just about any action movie this year.
  2. The real heroes are cinematographer Stephen H. Burum and editor Bill Pankow, who help the picture keep popping even when its plot and dialogue go into a slump.
  3. Reviewed by: David Kehr
    63
    A dicey thriller visually, De Palma kicks off the movie on quite a roll, but the story craps out. [7 August 1998, p. 57]
  4. Reviewed by: Daphne Merkin
    60
    In spite of its noirish glow, De Palma's thriller is oddly unsuspenseful. Although his vaunted technique and Hitchcockian effects are all here, there's no life in the story (co-written by De Palma and David Koepp), and the last-minute burst of sentimentality is especially lame.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Cage supplies beaucoup energy, but his highly compromised hustler cop character provides little else in which he can invest his talent. Sinise wears an increasingly grim demeanor in a part that comes to make no sense, and John Heard's role as a local power broker gets lost in the shuffle.
  6. 40
    Not too long after the knockout opening, all that's left of Snake Eyes are Cage's wild eyes, the dregs of David Koepp's rotten script, and De Palma's restless, anxious camera, on the prowl for something, anything, to hang on to.
  7. Has Brian De Palma finally lost his mind? Ever since "Carrie" (1976), his one true masterpiece, this director has evolved into a cinematic serial killer of common sense.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    10
    This is your classic, who done it, murder mystery by the modern day master of suspense, Brian De Palma. A lot of other people who reviewedThis is your classic, who done it, murder mystery by the modern day master of suspense, Brian De Palma. A lot of other people who reviewed this movie didn't like it, because it moves slowly and then shows a lot of flashbacks of the crime through many different witnesses eyes, similar to the TV show Cold Case. Personally, I think this just adds to the suspense and helps build to an expected climax, which had unexpected results for everyone involved. Nicholas Cage plays Rick Santoro perfectly, its a role that at the time seemed as thou it could be a bit of a stretch for him, but as always he is terrific. This film is defiantly a throwback, that many people didn't seem to go for, but I think it's something different and well worth seeing. Expand
  2. Feb 15, 2012
    10
    Spectacular performance from Nicholas Cage. This film was a real treat and a hidden gem. I thoroughly enjoyed each layer of the storySpectacular performance from Nicholas Cage. This film was a real treat and a hidden gem. I thoroughly enjoyed each layer of the story unfolding. Great film. Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2010
    7
    Good movie. I like the way the camera work and/or directing was done.. flowing in the non-stop filming like that Orson Wells firstGood movie. I like the way the camera work and/or directing was done.. flowing in the non-stop filming like that Orson Wells first breakthrough. I agree the first hour was much better and the ending got too much of the Hollywood treatment but I still liked it. Strong performance by NC saved it for me as well. Unique film at the time due to that never ending scene flow used. Sorry I don't know all the techincal lingo.. just an average fan here lol. Worth seeing! Expand

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