The Black Dahlia
The Black Dahlia (2006)

A tale of obsession, love, corruption, greed and depravity that revolves around a true story of the brutal murder of a fledgling Hollywood starlet that shocked and fascinated the nation in 1947 and remains unsolved today. Two ex-pugilist… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 15, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2006
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though this ambitious noir crime-drama captures the atmosphere of its era, it suffers from subpar performances, a convoluted story, and the inevitable comparisons to other, more successful films of its genre.

Ben Walters
Time Out

Ellroy's prose crawls into characters' secret hearts and under the reader's skin, but its foetid horrors become kitschy here, the script too streamlined and the lead performances too shallow to dredge the story's depths.

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James Berardinelli

This is far from one of the director's better efforts and should be avoided by all those who are not sworn De Palma boosters.

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David Keyes

Most of us come to the shadows of modern noirs to be swept up in the guilt and intrigue, not to be abandoned in the thick of nonsense.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

The pairing of Ellroy and De Palma proves a marriage made in hardboiled heaven.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Mr. De Palma and his collaborators have been unable to translate Mr. Ellroy's depth of feeling into cinematic equivalents.

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Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling

The Black Dahlia doesn't solve the eternal De Palma dilemma, but it sure does fascinate.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The picture is a kind of fattened goose that's been stuffed with goose-liver pâté. It's overrich and fundamentally unsatisfying.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

There are moments when The Black Dahlia projects a spectral world, but its ghosts in broad daylight are elusive at best.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

An over indulgent and often confusing stab at film noir, The Black Dahlia leaves little to be desired as director Brian De Palma continues to prove that his best days are behind him.

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Based on James Ellroy's novel, that is in turn based on one of the most notorious unsolved murders of all time, this represents another step in Brian De… More
Clintus Maximus
First off, like so many others, I couldn't wait to see this film. I've been fascinated by the Black Dahlia case for many years, and I've mostly… More
Alex roy
The Black Dahlia was a film that I was really looking forward to seeing. Upon its release, I saw it, and was very, very disappointed in what I saw. This was a… More
familiar stranger
Didn't expect much after checking out its IMDb Rating (as usual, before I go for flicks not from Bollywood). And as expected, the movie wasn't too… More
Sophie Burgess
Despite this brilliant cast with equally brilliant performances, I could tell from the very start that I wouldn't like this film. It's far too wordy… More
Conner Rainwater
I think that itâ??s just as good as L.A. Confidential and a brilliant take on the 40s Crime and Noir genre. Unlike L.A. Confidential, Brian De Palma is an… More