Snake Eyes
Snake Eyes (1998)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 7, 1998
DVD Release Date: February 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy

Wispy threads of dramatic plausibility and character involvement unravel completely by the time of the incredibly silly final reel.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

De Palma continues perfecting his brilliant visual style within the most blatantly artificial plot scenarios.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

What might have been fascinating after a while becomes frustrating and, finally, a real slog.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The film echoes the technical wizardry and complex plotting of De Palma's best film, Blow Out.

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Paul Tatara

The last five to 10 minutes are completely stupid and add nothing to the film.

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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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
'Ricky' Santoro: It isn't lying! You just tell them what you did right, and you leave out the rest!  "Believe everything except your… More
David Ladd
In Snake Eyes, De Palma has made a film that is deeply immersing and one that makes sure you're giving it your unrelenting attention (at least until the… More
Alex roy
Brian DePalma's Snake Eyes is a pretty bad thriller. The concept of Snake Eyes was great, and I quite enjoyed the idea, however the execution of the plot… More
Ken Stachnik
Decent movie, great cinematography.
Tim Salmons
When it comes to thrillers, Brian De Palma's name always comes to the top of my list as one of the living masters. In his polical conspiracy thriller Snake… More
danny d
strange but good