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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As much as I admire the work of both Polanski and Nicholson, I found Chinatown tedious from beginning to just before the end."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The hard-boiled private eye coolly strolls a few steps ahead of the audience."
‑ , Time Out
"Chinatown is deliciously, intolerably cruel as it toys with us."
‑ Odie Henderson, Movie Mezzanine
"Polanski's telling of his tale of corruption in LA is masterly - thrilling, humorous and disturbing at the same time - and brilliantly played by John Huston and Faye Dunaway as well as Nicholson."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Trust Polanski to make disillusionment seductive - rather more luxuriantly so than Billy Wilder ever managed."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Roman Polanski's American made film, first since Rosemary's Baby shows him again in total command of talent and physical filmmaking elements."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"In 1974 a director, a screenwriter, and a producer (Robert Evans, who for once deserves a few of the plaudits he's apportioned himself) could decide to beat a genre senseless and then dump it in the wilds of Greek tragedy."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"Arguably the best private eye movie ever made, Chinatown is an enthralling, sepia-tinted throwback to the shadowy, hard-boiled detective films of the '40s and '50s."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"See this film as many times as you can. Please."
‑ Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies
"You _can't_ forget it. It's CHINATOWN."
‑ Jason Gorber, Twitch
"Polanski's film suggests that the rules of the game are written in some strange, untranslatable language, and that everyone's an alien and, ultimately, a victim."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"A new private-eye melodrama that celebrates not only a time and a place (Los Angeles) but also a kind of criminality that to us jaded souls today appears to be nothing worse than an eccentric form of legitimate private enterprise."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"This film is flawless."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
More reviews for Chinatown on Rotten Tomatoes

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