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Metascore

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100
Chicago Sun-Times
Cage and Shue make these cliches into unforgettable people.
100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
At best, Leaving Las Vegas is pure alchemy -- it makes of flawed humanity a hymn, and of forlorn hope a beacon.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Dark and giddy at the same time, Leaving Las Vegas takes us into dreamy, intoxicated places that no movie about an alcoholic has gone before.
90
Rolling Stone
A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best.
88
Mr. Showbiz
Leaving Las Vegas may not be a top choice for an upbeat outing, but there's something oddly poetic about the simplicity of Ben's mission and Sera's acceptance of it.
88
Chicago Tribune
I don't see how you can get away from calling Cage's performance a great one. [10 November 1995, Friday, p.C]
88
ReelViews
Draws its audience along a rarely-traveled path whose scope can only be fully appreciated in the silence of the aftermath.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Cage's great performance is matched by Shue, who becomes the focus by the middle of the picture.
75
USA Today
Deliberately downbeat, it's best as a two-person character study, stumbling a bit whenever it extends its parameters.
63
San Francisco Examiner
Nicolas Cage gives one of the best performances of his strange, courageous career.
60
Leaving Las Vegas is special. A courageous plane wreck of character study.

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