(1998)

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80
Dallas Observer
The entire film takes its cue from Cage's spritzes and jags; it's a delirious performance in a delirious landscape.
78
After it has ended, you may want to view it all over again, just to see if you can beat the odds and pick up on what you missed the first time around.
75
USA Today
Snake Eyes sports some of the most breathtaking filmmaking of De Palma's career -- and Nicolas Cage is the one actor who cannot be upstaged by it. [18 September 1998, p. 11E]
75
Christian Science Monitor
The real heroes are cinematographer Stephen H. Burum and editor Bill Pankow, who help the picture keep popping even when its plot and dialogue go into a slump.
70
There's plenty of bravura camera work and two terrific supporting turns from Carla Gugino, as a terrified key witness, and Stan Shaw, as the soul-searching heavyweight champ. De Palma didn't hit the jackpot here, but he certainly didn't roll snake eyes.
63
ReelViews
Mixed together, all of this makes for a fascinating viewing experience, but the unfortunate ending diluted my enthusiasm for the film as a whole.
60
The New Yorker
In spite of its noirish glow, De Palma's thriller is oddly unsuspenseful. Although his vaunted technique and Hitchcockian effects are all here, there's no life in the story (co-written by De Palma and David Koepp), and the last-minute burst of sentimentality is especially lame.
60
A great big juicy gob of apocalyptic paranoia.
60
Slate
A thriller of serpentine excitement all the way up to that dud of a climax.
25
Chicago Sun-Times
It's the worst kind of bad film: the kind that gets you all worked up and then lets you down, instead of just being lousy from the first shot.

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