L.A. Confidential
L.A. Confidential (1997)

Based on the best-selling novel by James Ellroy and directed by Curtis Hanson, this award-winning crime drama explores both the dark side of the Los Angeles police force and Southern California's criminal underbelly in the early… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Taut pacing, brilliantly dense writing and Oscar-worthy acting combine to produce a smart, popcorn-friendly thrill ride.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

L.A. Confidential is a movie bull's-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

L.A. Confidential isn't quite up there with Chinatown, but it's the closest thing to come down the Santa Monica Freeway in the last 23 years.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The story is so complicated that the movie can't quite make it clear, but the picture has impressive energy and high-intensity performances from Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, and Guy Pearce.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

There are so many things to enjoy here. Director Curtis Hanson... keeps a complex story coherent and absorbing -- if bloody at the end.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Hanson has made the film noir setting virtually another starring character.

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine

Like Chinatown before it, this twisted and twisting tale of cops, crime, corruption and hangers-on in 1950s Los Angeles artfully evokes the flip side of the City of Dreams.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

At the center of the movie are three mismatched cops with separately fueled ambitions, ferociously played by Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce. Their combined charisma almost smashes through the screen.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Spicy and boiling-hot, this sensational early-'50s crime drama is a morality play disguised as pulp fiction -- a sprawling saga of corruption and redemption set against a flashy West Coast backdrop.

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Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

While not reaching the twisted heights of the superbly sinister Chinatown, L.A. Confidential is smart, complex and engrossing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Kase Vollebregt
A great cast round out a taut script in this neo-noir crime drama. The pace is brisk and the production design transports the audience to another place… More
c0up  
'L.A. Confidential'. The corruption and dreams of Hollywood wrapped up in the perfect crime drama. The ensemble cast shines, but no one comes out… More
Alex roy
L.A Confidential is a stunning neo noir detective drama that boasts a strong cast and great direction. This film is a powerful picture is among the finest… More
Kevin Cookman
It takes a full hour for L.A. Confidential to delve into its mystery, an interesting and noir-tastic one, so for the entire preceding hour, it's mostly… More
xGary Xx
Three detectives with very different agenda and motives unite to investigate the shooting death of an off duty cop, uncovering corruption and a conspiracy to… More
Mark Walker
James Ellroy is one of the finest of hard-boiled crime writers. For those not familiar, check out his "L.A. Quartet"; four novels, that delve into… More

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