(1990)

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Based on 27 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
That it manages to end a note that’s both deeply sad and sardonic only further makes its case as one of the finest forgotten films of its time, and one of the best, period.
91
Not enough can be said about how good Jennifer Jason Leigh is in this movie.
90
Even the breeziest Miami Blues scene can suddenly turn chilling.
75
So much love is devoted to creating the wacko loonies in the cast that we're left with a set of personality profiles, not characters.
75
This thriller is so gritty it could chafe your eyeballs...Miami Blues is high on its own malevolence.
60
Empire
This is brutal, gory, at times downright sickening stuff, and somewhat twisted types are likely to laugh like a drain.
60
The plot is minimal, and no attempt is made to explain the psychology of the sociopath who murders casually and yet yearns for the security of middle-class life. But the movie's details are fascinating and often surprising.
50
Time Out
Ward is physically fine for Hoke, Baldwin a wired Junior, and best of all is Leigh's hooker, but it doesn't quite translate to the screen. Willeford didn't write genre, and the film washes about a bit finding a tone.
50
What makes Miami Blues unsettling, in spite of itself, is the sense that the garish ultra-violence we're witnessing is just a species of high jinks. Armitage, adapting Charles Willeford's smart, nasty 1984 novel, doesn't provide the kind of moral dimension that might make Junior's sprees cumulatively frightening. The film careens along as a blithely funky shoot-'em-up. It might have been made by a sociopathic Chuck Jones.
42
What really sinks the movie, though, is Alec Baldwin’s strenuously awful performance.

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