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Metascore

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100
Chicago Sun-Times
Seductive and beautiful, cynical and twisted, and one of the best films of the year.
100
Entertainment Weekly
Voluptuously engrossing.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
One of the best crime dramas to come along in years.
100
New York Daily News
A juicy noir stew of amorality that's the best thing since "Chinatown."
100
Chicago Tribune
A movie bull's-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile.
95
Mr. Showbiz
See L.A. Confidential. Be astonished at discovering anew how very, very satisfying movies can still be. And how fine that can feel.
88
USA Today
This sleek adaptation of James Ellroy's dauntingly complex novel has the black-and-white tabloid soul of an old "Confidential" magazine.
88
ReelViews
Lately, it seems that film noir has become the province of independent productions. As a result, it's refreshing to see a big-budget, studio effort of this sort that does nearly everything right.
75
Christian Science Monitor
The story is so complicated that the movie can't quite make it clear, but the picture has impressive energy and high-intensity performances from Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, and Guy Pearce.
75
San Francisco Examiner
"The Big Sleep" and "The Maltese Falcon" echo loudly throughout.
75
Baltimore Sun
A glamorous, alluring entertainment that revels in the artifice of Hollywood while exposing its corrupt heart, L.A. Confidential pays stylish homage to some of the great film noirs of the distant and recent past.

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