The Long Goodbye
The Long Goodbye (1973)

"It's OK with me...." Applying his deconstructive eye to the "film noir" tradition, Robert Altman updated Raymond Chandler in his 1973 version of Chandler's novel, The Long Goodbye. Smart-aleck, cat-loving… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 7, 1973
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Long Goodbye is a cool as ice mystery that retains Robert Altman's idiosyncratic sensibilities.

Pauline Kael
New Yorker

Raymond Chandler's sentimental foolishness is the taking-off place for Robert Altman's heady, whirling sideshow of a movie, set in the early-seventies L.A. of the stoned sensibility.

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Cole Smithey

Robert Altman made a bold statement in his casting of Elliott Gould as a Jewish version of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe character in this modestly budgeted film.

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Josh Larsen

A playful de-romanticizing of the detective genre...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Long Goodbye attacks film noir with three of his most cherished tools: Whimsy, spontaneity and narrative perversity.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... one of those movies that always flits through my mind when someone asks me to name my favorite movies of all time. I usually don't mention it, but it's always there, on the periphery. It's at least one of my two or three favorite Altmans.

Fernando F. Croce

Robert Altman orchestrates a jangly genre autopsy, mischievous and brutal

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[Altman] attempts the impossible and pulls it off.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The Long Goodbye as a whole peels back the surfaces of private-eye stories, paying special attention to their macho bluster and abused women.

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

A reminder that meaning, if it is to be found at all, is not always revealed through a linear assessment of hints and clues, but simply stumbled upon.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An intricate film noir satire that has all the elements that we expect from a Raymond Chandler story, only this time the protagonist of The Big Sleep is updated… More
Reid Volk
Altman's Neo-Noir is a very enjoyable film. It takes Philip Marlowe and places him right in the hedonism of the 1970s. Played excellently by Elliot Gould,… More
Kevin Cookman
So good, it hurts.
Graham Jones
Altman breaks apart the "noir" genre and Gould takes the character of Phillip Marlowe in a total different direction from the classic Hawks/Bogart… More
Aj V
A very interesting film for film buffs. It's not fantastic, but it's a film for the sake of film. If you watch film noir, you should check it out.… More
Steven Carrier
I promise you have never seen a film quite like Robert Altman's 70s update of the iconic 40s gumshoe detective Phillip Marlowe. Altman crafts a dazzling,… More