Kiss of Death
Kiss of Death (1995)

A loyal family man who has had trouble with the law is released from prison on the condition that he help the government spy on Little Junior, a major crime lord. This noirish thriller follows the ex-con's efforts to befriend the crime… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 19, 1995
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An outstanding ensemble cast propels Kiss of Death, a noir-ish crime thriller that's slick and big on atmosphere, even if its script may only provide sporadic bursts of tension.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

What's most effective about the new Kiss of Death is Tucci's marvelously slimy prosecutor.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

It's a sleek, muscular thriller played by a terrific ensemble cast...

TV Guide

Classy film noir, as you would expect from a team including director Barbet Schroeder, writer Richard Price, and Nicolas Cage...

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Todd McCarthy

A crackling thriller that feels unusually attuned to its lowlife characters.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

A riveting crime drama.

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Gutsy dialogue, atmospheric direction, lots of night scenes and an uninhibited take on the source material.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Cage and Caruso strike sparks in this riveting piece of pulp fiction, but it's that first Kiss you'll remember.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Cage, one of the few American actors who gets more interesting from film to film, comes close to kidnaping the picture as Little Junior, a pumped-up but asthmatic thug who, like King Kong, is a gorilla with a wistful air about him.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

An interesting noirlike crime drama propelled by Cage's eccentric performance

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
What impressed me to start with was all the name actors - Nicholas Cage, Samuel Jackson, Helen Hunt, etc. You are alternately distressed at the hopelessness of… More
Dean McKenna
Remake of the classic forties noir, but this aptly titled version is probably more famous for being the first David Caruso's big screen looked okay.
Bruce Bruce
A whole host of great actors that were so much younger and greener in 1995. David Caruso plays an excellent part as a informant to a Distrait Attorney, and… More
xGary Xx
A rather run of the mill thriller that could've worked if Caruso wasn't the lead. He's not THAT bad, but he's just so "made for… More
Lady D'arbanville
Forget the other well known actors in this film, this is a David Curuso film, with the smaller parts being played by others. Curuso himself plays quite a good… More
Stuart Brooks
Excellent thriller with a great lead cast. Cage is brilliant in his role.