The Two Jakes

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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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Score distribution:
  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. This is a worthy successor to Chinatown - full of ecological and geological insights into Los Angeles history that recall Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald and give a view of southern California that could have been conceived only by a native.
  3. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    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. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Jay Scott
    The Two Jakes itself is less tragic than petulant, mired in a self-pitying remembrance of things past. [10 Aug 1990]
  5. 50
    Towne doesn't weave all the elements as deftly as before, and his political observations seem secondhand.
  6. 50
    This oft-delayed sequel proves a jumbled, obtuse yet not entirely unsatisfying follow-up to Chinatown, rightly considered one of the best films of the 1970s.
  7. 10
    What The Two Jakes makes us long for most is the earlier film.

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