(1999)

Critic Reviews

73

Metascore

Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Entertainment Weekly
A small cubist masterpiece about crime and punishment set in that most split-level of environments, Los Angeles.
100
San Francisco Examiner
Makes a term like neo-noir seem like a fatuous catch phrase.
88
USA Today
One of those movies in which pacing, dialogue and the right actors enliven a familiar story.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
In its quiet and murderous way, it is like the delayed final act of an old movie about drugs, guns and revenge.
75
Christian Science Monitor
The violent story is standard "film noir" fare, but Soderbergh treats it with oomph and imagination.
70
Among Soderbergh's widely varied films ("sex, lies and videotape," "Kafka," "The Underneath," "Schizopolis," "Out of Sight"), this one actually has the best chance of becoming anyone's sentimental favorite.
65
TNT RoughCut
Soderbergh, like Tarantino, has a knack for making every shady character onscreen fascinating.
63
Boston Globe
Can't outrun its very visible limits.
60
Village Voice
A jaggedly impressionistic reverie.
40
Time
Soderbergh slices, dices and Cuisinarts the script into flashbacks, scene shifts, stop motion and other distracting foolery.

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