To Live and Die in L.A.
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

After his partner is killed by group of counterfeiters, a Secret Service agent is intent on nabbing the party responsible. Obsessed with catching the villain, he is willing to do things that might make one wonder what side of the law he is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Engrossing and diverting enough on a moment-to-moment basis but is overtooled.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film isn't just about cops and robbers, but about two systems of doing business, and how one of the systems finds a way to change itself in order to defeat the other.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A profoundly ambivalent motion picture... completely upends every convention of its hidebound genre without even seeming to notice that it has done so.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Friedkin plays it as brutal and cynical as he ever did with The French Connection...

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The film is cheesy as hell but it is a ton of fun for someone who remembered how this passed as uber-edgy back in the day.

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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

[William] Friedkin creates a jittery atmosphere of adrenaline and corruption and danger...

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

On its own terms, it's a considerable success, though it's a film that sacrifices everything in the interests of style.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The action thrives on overkill.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Friedkin's 1985 film To Live and Die in L.A. may be one of his very best, though it did not reach the level of acclaim and support of his earlier films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Jack Hawkins
'To Live and Die in L.A.' is ultimately something of a snorefest; watch this with even a grain of lethargy and you'll be lost. And that's a… More
David Ladd
Some Minor Spoilers Here*********************************************************** There are three things going for this crime thriller: it's a great in… More
Reid Volk
I don't throw around the term neo-noir lightly, but this film has the body of your average 80's cop thriller, with the heart and soul of a noir.… More
Derek Daniels
Great, very 80's action-drama about two inept Secret Service agents on the trail of the murdering counterfeiter Defoe. Dated, but still a great film with… More
Carlos Magalhães
An exploding thriller very well-directed by William Friedkin, with great performances, many awesome action scenes - especially an exhilarating car chase one -… More
Al S
An stlyish, edgy and brilliant crime thriller. brutal, pulse pounding and exhilerating. It delivers a sensational car chase. William Peterson is memerising.… More