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Bugsy is a character study of mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel wrapped up in a gangster movie. Siegel (Warren Beatty in a flashy performance) arrives in California in the Forties, assigned to oversee the L.A. rackets. He is quickly seduced by both the glamour of Hollywood and actress Virginia Hill (Annette Bening), whom he romances despite being unable to leave his wife and children. Siegel soon has a vision to transform a barren stretch of Nevada desert into an oasis of gambling and entertainment -- the seeds from which Las Vegas was sown. Funded by his gangster bosses, including… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Exhausting in all the wrong ways."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Beatty and Bening are winning."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"One of Beatty's finest achievements"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"classy and fascinating"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"An excellent script from James Toback and one of Beatty's warmest performances hold it together."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"A first-rate production from top to bottom...Beatty has never been more electrifying on screen."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"The disclosure at that Bugsy's $6 million investment in the young city generated over $100 billion might encourage different interpretations: Is Vegas the capital of the American Dream, or the embodiment of crass consumerism?"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gloss, but well put-together gloss"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"Overrated vanity piece from Beatty"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"A handsome and extremely well-constructed gangster pic."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Levinson não consegue retratar a violência da Máfia; Morricone exagera na auto-referência à trilha de Os Intocáveis; e o filme insiste em tratar Siegel, um psicopata, como um empreendedor sonhador. Ainda assim, a história é interessante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"In seeing the distracting, destructive nature of vanity, the film fascinates itself, and the audience, with a simply stated, terribly complex question: why can't we look away?"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"Savvy crooks are engaging"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Very well-made and well-told gangster saga"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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