Leaving Las Vegas
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Mike Figgis' grim drama documents a romantic triangle of sorts involving prostitute Sera (Elisabeth Shue), failed Hollywood screenwriter Ben (Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage), and the constant flow of booze which he loves more dearly than life itself. Arriving in Las Vegas with the intention of drinking himself to death, Ben meets Sera, and they gradually begin falling for one another. From the outset, however, Ben warns Sera that no matter what, she can never ask him to quit drinking, a condition to which she grudgingly agrees. A darkly comic tragedy, Leaving Las Vegas charts the brief romantic… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"Dark and giddy at the same time, Leaving Las Vegas takes us into dreamy, intoxicated places no movie about an alcoholic has gone before."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The plot goes nowhere, but under the pornographic circumstances Figgis, Cage, and Shue all do fine jobs."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
""Leaving Las Vegas" (1995) is a remarkably potent romantic drama that permanently altered the careers of many of the people involved in its creation."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It's a relief when so dark a film refuses to preach, trusting the viewer to draw his own conclusions about the roots of America's self-destructive funk."
‑ Harlan Jacobson, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Grim yet compelling, downbeat but not really depressing, Mike Figgis' multi-nuanced portrait of an alcoholic, splendidly played by Oscar winner Nicholas Cage, is easily is most accomplished and haunting picture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"We're not talking high, morally instructive tragedy here, just a hard lesson in postmodernist outlawry and its sad little anarchies."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"It certainly has the courage of its convictions."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Figgis puts a desperate drunk front and center and demands we deal with him and the Jungian shadow he casts. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Figgis presents disintegration as a state of grace."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"A haunting, heartbreaking film."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The film pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and flies in the face of feel-good pictures."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"Small, searing film."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Figgis' film, one of the few to show the sleazy flip-side of the glossy city of Las Vega, offers an unblinking portrayal of alcoholism."
‑ , Film4
"An uncompromising, surprisingly poignant skid-row love story."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"What gives the film power is Nicholas Cage."
‑ Leonard Schwarz, Palo Alto Weekly
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