Leaving Las Vegas
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

A depressive alcoholic heads to Las Vegas and vows to drink himself to death in four weeks after he loses his job as a Hollywood talent agent and sells everything he owns. This powerful and unusually non-judgmental romantic tragedy… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 24, 1998
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Dark and giddy at the same time, Leaving Las Vegas takes us into dreamy, intoxicated places no movie about an alcoholic has gone before.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The plot goes nowhere, but under the pornographic circumstances Figgis, Cage, and Shue all do fine jobs.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995) is a remarkably potent romantic drama that permanently altered the careers of many of the people involved in its creation.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

We're not talking high, morally instructive tragedy here, just a hard lesson in postmodernist outlawry and its sad little anarchies.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It certainly has the courage of its convictions.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Figgis puts a desperate drunk front and center and demands we deal with him and the Jungian shadow he casts. [Blu-ray]

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Leonard Klady

The film pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and flies in the face of feel-good pictures.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Small, searing film.

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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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Terrific acting but grim, grim, grim.
Coxxie Mild Sauce
This will make you feel like shit and really not want to have sex.
Jack Hawkins
Don't get me wrong, this film is thoroughly downbeat, however I feel alcoholism is still somewhat sugar coated. The likelihood of Ben Sanderson (Nicolas… More
Conner Rainwater
Just a beautiful unconventional piece of storytelling with characters that are irresistible. Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue both gave equally flawless… More
paul oh
Nick Cage loses his mind and wins an oscar...what a movie! The story and his acting blend in such a intriguing way that you have to appreciate it!
xGary Xx
An alcoholic whose life falls apart decides to sell up and move to Las Vegas with the express intention of drinking himself to death, where he meets a hooker… More