L.A. Confidential
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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 '50s, when Hollywood was still seen as America's capital of sophistication, glitter, and glamour. Dudley Smith (James Cromwell) is the head of the LAPD and is loyal to his officers and eager to turn a blind eye to violence or corruption within his department, as long as it's the "bad guys" who are getting hurt. Bud White (Russell Crowe) is a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With its plot that zigs and zags like knife slashes, its cynicism stoked to the melting point, the movie brings the thrill of corruption crackingly to life."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"An irresistible treat with enough narrative twists and memorable characters for a half-dozen films."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"This is a movie that both deconstructs what it means to be a noir film and is a film noir itself in the best ways possible."
‑ Matthew Razak, Flixist.com
"Everything Angelinos love and hate about their city is here, as well as anything a movie fan could possibly wish for."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A neo-noir masterpiece in the league of "Double Indemnity"..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"You have to pay close attention to follow the double-crossing intricacies of the plot, but the reward for your work is dark and dirty fun."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"This movie restores genre elements to a level of potency that's disturbing, satisfying, and rare as hell."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Writer-director Curtis Hanson's adaptation of the James Ellroy novel wasn't merely one of the two or three greatest movies of the 1990s; it stands as a masterpiece for the ages."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A modern cinematic classic...the alchemical reaction of a director and a charmed collaboration of actors, writers, and design artists...[Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Taut, atmospheric, acted with confident ease -- this is one of the greatest American movies of the 1990s."
‑ , Film4
"Stop reading. Put this review on hold until after you've seen L.A. Confidential."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"A parlor game has already begun as to whether the supreme acting revelation in L.A. Confidential is provided by Mr. Crowe, Mr. Spacey or Mr. Pearce."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"L.A. Confidential understands that men don't always respond to evil with good and that the question of whom society regards as heroes isn't always a clear cut as it seems."
‑ Matt Noller, Slant Magazine
"...one of the most absorbing, compelling, most thoroughly enjoyable crime thrillers to have come along in the past decade."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Spacey's Vincennes is the standout in a just about flawless ensemble, and director Curtis Hanson keeps the hugely complicated story zooming along the boulevard of broken dreams without losing sight of the details that make the trip worthwhile."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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