The Long Goodbye
The Long Goodbye (1973)

"It's OK with me...." Applying his deconstructive eye to the "film noir" tradition, Robert Altman updated Raymond Chandler in his 1973 version of Chandler's novel, The Long Goodbye. Smart-aleck, cat-loving… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 25, 2014
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96%
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89%



Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Long Goodbye is a cool as ice mystery that retains Robert Altman's idiosyncratic sensibilities.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It tries to be all genre and no story, and it almost works.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

A playful de-romanticizing of the detective genre...

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The look, the unconventional cast and the unconventional story make this a unique film, one of Altman's best.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[Altman] attempts the impossible and pulls it off.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Robert Altman orchestrates a jangly genre autopsy, mischievous and brutal

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Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

Robert Altman's labyrinthine take on the Raymond Chandler classic is noir unburdened by a straight narrative - it's a triumph of atmosphere and attitude, a swiftly unfolding whodunit punctuated by subversive absurdities and shattering acts of violence.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The Long Goodbye as a whole peels back the surfaces of private-eye stories, paying special attention to their macho bluster and abused women.

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

A reminder that meaning, if it is to be found at all, is not always revealed through a linear assessment of hints and clues, but simply stumbled upon.

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Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Everywhere you look, there's something delightfully weird going on ... Altman and company fashion a state of slouching, freeform Zen that no one else has ever really duplicated.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An intricate film noir satire that has all the elements that we expect from a Raymond Chandler story, only this time the protagonist of The Big Sleep is updated… More
Reid Volk
Altman's Neo-Noir is a very enjoyable film. It takes Philip Marlowe and places him right in the hedonism of the 1970s. Played excellently by Elliot Gould,… More
Kevin Cookman
So good, it hurts.
Graham Jones
Altman breaks apart the "noir" genre and Gould takes the character of Phillip Marlowe in a total different direction from the classic Hawks/Bogart… More
AJ Verser
A very interesting film for film buffs. It's not fantastic, but it's a film for the sake of film. If you watch film noir, you should check it out.… More
Steven Carrier
I promise you have never seen a film quite like Robert Altman's 70s update of the iconic 40s gumshoe detective Phillip Marlowe. Altman crafts a dazzling,… More