Snake Eyes
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Brian DePalma directed this taut thriller, set in Atlantic City, where a corrupt cop investigates a political assassination. Outside an Atlantic City arena-hotel-casino, a TV news reporter stands in a pre-hurricane storm to report on the heavyweight boxing match about to begin inside. A transition to the stadium interior focuses on Atlantic City homicide Detective Rick Santoro (Nicolas Cage), a father with a wife and son, yet also a dishonest cop who maintains a mistress and cheerfully accepts bribes. DePalma's Steadicam follows Santoro on a fast-paced tour of the stadium as the laughing,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

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"Wispy threads of dramatic plausibility and character involvement unravel completely by the time of the incredibly silly final reel."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Director Brian De Palma does his stylish best to weave the patchy script into a cinematic quilt, but despite his best efforts -- and they're often formidable -- the thing just doesn't cohere."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"De Palma continues perfecting his brilliant visual style within the most blatantly artificial plot scenarios."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Snake Eyes is about multiple perceptions of one major event, their relationship to each other and to the audience."
‑ Paul Schrodt, Slant Magazine
"Unfortunately, the material that De Palma chooses to hang his flair on feels like a paltry version of No Way Out as if penned by Crichton or Grisham."
‑ Tom Meek, Film Threat
"Never loses its bearings as it hovers between preposterous paranoia and a Billy-Wilder-like moral fable about a deeply flawed hero who draws a line in the sand beyond which he cannot go."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"What might have been fascinating after a while becomes frustrating and, finally, a real slog."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Brian De Palma's exercise in flashy paranoia and shallow cynicism comes out of the gate like gangbusters, but falls apart in a flurry of preposterous plotting."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The first 20 minutes of Snake Eyes are among the most imaginative and energetic minutes of film I've seen in a while."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"I give De Palma and company credit for not succumbing to the usual bloat we see in big-budget Hollywood films."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The film echoes the technical wizardry and complex plotting of De Palma's best film, Blow Out."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The last five to 10 minutes are completely stupid and add nothing to the film."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"Aside from a sensational, continuous 20-minute opening take, and an amazing shot that literally swoops over the top of a row of hotel rooms, there's little of interest here."
‑ , Film4
"A moderately suspenseful thriller that seems somewhat conventional compared to De Palma's earlier envelope-pushing efforts. Intriguing, but the mystery villain is rather obvious from the start."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"The mundane plot of Snake Eyes is disguised with lots of camera razzle-dazzle."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
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