Dick Tracy
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Warren Beatty directed and starred in this big-budget action comedy featuring Chester Gould's square-jawed, two-dimensional comic strip detective. Ruthless gangster Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino) touches off a gang war against underworld boss Lips Manlis (Paul Sorvino), with Big Boy and his minions rubbing out enough of Manlis's goons (along with Manlis himself) to take over his nightclub, and a healthy percentage of the city's criminal activities in the process. Caprice also gains proprietary rights to Manlis's girlfriend, nightclub chanteuse Breathless Mahoney (Madonna). Big… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Beatty and his team of collaborators have heightened the vibrantly tawdry urban night world of Chester Gould's classic comic strip."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A spectacular movie whose technical achievements -- notably the sharp editing -- will surely provide a gauge by which subsequent comic strip films are judged."
‑ , Time Out
""Dick Tracy" isn't in the top tier of comic-book adaptations, but ingenuous art direction and set decoration and some crazy make-up jobs create a film that's still a delight to watch."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The film moves at a chug when it should put the pedal to the floor."
‑ Keith Phipps, Slate
"...an impressively conceived piece of work that has just as much to offer adults as it does children..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Though it looks ravishing, Warren Beatty's longtime pet project is a curiously remote, uninvolving film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Summer hasn't officially arrived yet, but it's unlikely to offer a big-budget commercial movie as thoroughly entertaining as this stylish real-life cartoon."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Fails to be a compelling watch."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Dick Tracy is skillfully mounted, generating an optical wonderland for the viewer, with all sorts of details and photographic vibrancy to study when the film takes off on the wings of a tune."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"The movie may lack unified conception, but it's supremely entertaining due to sumptuous production, lavish imagery and opulent costumes, and some terrific cameo appearances, such as Al Pacino."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This has an appealing two-dimensional comic-book look, but lacks the vision to go with it, not to mention an interesting hero or a feeling for action."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"For all its superficial pleasures, Dick Tracy ultimately flounders because it provides an audience with nothing to take home and dream about."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A waste of time and money."
‑ , Film4
"So deliberately, carefully shallow, so conceptually audacious; and yes, so unearthly beautiful in every last frame."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"In sheer visual terms, this is the most convincing of the comic book movies that have been popular for the last decade or so."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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