Leaving Las Vegas
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

"We both know that I'm a drunk and you're a hooker," Ben reminds Sera. The unusual twist in this critically acclaimed drama is the lovers' mutual agreement not to try to change one another. Nick Cage won the "Best… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 27, 1995
DVD Release Date: February 24, 1998
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Oscar-awarded Nicolas Cage finds humanity in his character as it bleeds away in this no frills, exhilaratingly dark portrait of destruction.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Dark and giddy at the same time, Leaving Las Vegas takes us into dreamy, intoxicated places no movie about an alcoholic has gone before.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The plot goes nowhere, but under the pornographic circumstances Figgis, Cage, and Shue all do fine jobs.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

This movie was like watching a car crash in slow motion. You knew there was going to be a crash, but I just wished it would just happen already, and not have spent two hours getting to the impact.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

We're not talking high, morally instructive tragedy here, just a hard lesson in postmodernist outlawry and its sad little anarchies.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It certainly has the courage of its convictions.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

What works, first and foremost, are the two lead performances.

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Leonard Klady

The film pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and flies in the face of feel-good pictures.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Small, searing film.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

[Shue's] terrific (and Oscar-nominated), but the movie belongs to Cage whose fierce, uncompromising performance is as serious as a hangover and as jittery as the shakes. You can practically smell the stale reek of his booze-soaked breath.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An awfully bleak and depressing drama that doesn't offer us any door or way in to connect with a deplorable alcoholic who only wants to die and a pitiable… More
paul oh
Nick Cage loses his mind and wins an oscar...what a movie! The story and his acting blend in such a intriguing way that you have to appreciate it!
jay nixon
Terrific acting but grim, grim, grim.
Coxxie Mild Sauce
This will make you feel like shit and really not want to have sex.
Jack Hawkins
Don't get me wrong, this film is thoroughly downbeat, however I feel alcoholism is still somewhat sugar coated. The likelihood of Ben Sanderson (Nicolas… More
Conner Rainwater
Just a beautiful unconventional piece of storytelling with characters that are irresistible. Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue both gave equally flawless… More