Leaving Las Vegas
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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 chronicles his final descent, a steady slide that is only interrupted by a brief and passionate affair with a lonely, pragmatic streetwalker. Soon after arriving in the glittering city, he buys an enormous cache of booze and checks himself into the sleaziest hotel he can find. He sees Sera walking down the street and offers her $500. He then finds that what he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"[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."
‑ 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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