The Long Kiss Goodnight

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  • Summary: In this thriller an amnesiac schoolteacher (Davis) searches for her true identity and finds she is actually a secret agent immersed in a deadly plot to topple the government.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: David Eimer
    80
    Most of the fun comes from the Davis/Jackson pairing and some frantic action scenes, though problems include too many "meanigful" close-ups of cigarettes being lit and booming (appropriately) sound.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    Writer Shane Black mines his thriller premise while musing on issues of identity and redemption; he also shaped the itchy camaraderie of Davis and Jackson.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    With the help of his stunt and special effects teams, Harlin delivers more than enough goods to satisfy genre fans, so main question is whether a female action hero, and Davis in particular, is ready to be embraced by the huge public the film is clearly targeting.
  4. Mr. Black's screenplay is mean-spirited, but it earns its keep with sharp, sarcastic dialogue and ingenious ways of setting up this story.
  5. Ultimately, however, Kiss is too ridiculous to engage us as a thriller yet too cringingly self-conscious to amuse us as camp.
  6. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    The movie tries to juggle motherly love sentiment with wanna-be snappy ripostes with a violent streak that extends to threatening a grade-schooler with blinding and busted kneecaps. [11 Oct 1996, Pg.03.D]
  7. 0
    The long hours Davis says she spent training with knives and guns can't rescue her character from drowning in the story's hokiness. Fans will be aghast at what they see--a movie so garish and silly, even Geena Davis can't save it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 4, 2013
    9
    This is a very underrated movie as far as the action and humorous one-liners. Suspend a little disbelief and enjoy the peak of the Samuel L.This is a very underrated movie as far as the action and humorous one-liners. Suspend a little disbelief and enjoy the peak of the Samuel L. Jacksplotation era. Expand
  2. jeffdn
    Apr 5, 2009
    8
    Gritty and nice twist on a normal thriller.
  3. Jan 26, 2014
    7
    Pulpy, campy, and fun, The Long Kiss Goodnight delivers lots of action, one-liners, and explosions that you would expect from this kind ofPulpy, campy, and fun, The Long Kiss Goodnight delivers lots of action, one-liners, and explosions that you would expect from this kind of genre fare. The movie isn't really anything special, just a good time with friends on a Friday night. Expand

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