Kiss of Death
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A convict agrees to go undercover and gather evidence on a notorious crime lord in order to win an early release from prison in this tough, gritty crime drama. Much of the tension develops from the inner conflict of Jimmy Kilmartin (David Caruso), who feels torn between his desire to win freedom for the sake of his family and his belief in a code of honor that sees ratting on others as an unforgivable sin. His misgivings are compounded by fear when he learns that his target is to be the notorious Little Junior (Nicolas Cage), a violent eccentric with a hair-trigger temper. Luckily for the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What's most effective about the new Kiss of Death is Tucci's marvelously slimy prosecutor."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"It's a sleek, muscular thriller played by a terrific ensemble cast..."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Classy film noir, as you would expect from a team including director Barbet Schroeder, writer Richard Price, and Nicolas Cage..."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Violent crime tale which Caruso hoped would make him a movie star. It didn't."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The real problem with this film is a so-so screenplay: the dialogue is lame, and many scenes lack any real suspense."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A crackling thriller that feels unusually attuned to its lowlife characters."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A riveting crime drama."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Gutsy dialogue, atmospheric direction, lots of night scenes and an uninhibited take on the source material."
‑ , Film4
"The real mystery is why Caruso left NYPD Blue."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Unjustly overlooked thriller packs a punch"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Cage and Caruso strike sparks in this riveting piece of pulp fiction, but it's that first Kiss you'll remember."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Cage, one of the few American actors who gets more interesting from film to film, comes close to kidnaping the picture as Little Junior, a pumped-up but asthmatic thug who, like King Kong, is a gorilla with a wistful air about him."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"An interesting noirlike crime drama propelled by Cage's eccentric performance"
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Atmospheric yet ultimately hollow exercise in tedium."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Nicolas Cage is a riot. Caruso, immersing."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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