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  • Summary: It's 1948 and private eye Jake Gittes is still in Los Angeles in this sequel to "Chinatown."
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 88
    It's an exquisite short story about a mood, and a time, and a couple of guys who are blind-sided by love.
  2. Reviewed by: Mat Snow
    80
    The Two Jakes is well-acted and looks fabulous, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond paints it eerily bright and shiny.
  3. A lovingly assembled cast in a brilliantly detailed production, with special notice to Vilmos Zsigmond's haunting cinematography, which seems somehow to have captured the light as it was, pre-smog. [10 Aug 1990]
  4. Robert Towne's screenplay is less opportunistic than many of his efforts in recent years, although it still contains moments designed merely to shock or titillate.
  5. Reviewed by: Judy Stone
    50
    The Two Jakes is an interesting movie and audiences are predisposed to warm up to Nicholson the actor, but they may not be so charitable to Nicholson the director. [10 Aug 1990]
  6. The Two Jakes itself is less tragic than petulant, mired in a self-pitying remembrance of things past. [10 Aug 1990]
  7. 10
    What The Two Jakes makes us long for most is the earlier film.

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