True Confessions
True Confessions (1981)

Adapted by John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion from Dunne's novel, True Confessions uses the still-unsolved "Black Dahlia" murder as the foundation for a devastating attack on big-city corruption -- in which it appears that… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1981
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2014
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Des is another solitary soul, but perhaps he's the most subtle and accessible solitary De Niro has yet embodied -- a man whose isolation draws you closer instead of giving you the willies.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Numerous vital characters are dropped and the case-solving stripped of its complexity, with the resulting film over-linear and one-dimensional.

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TV Guide

A fascinating film that exposes the dark underside of the Catholic Church and fixes it firmly in the seedy, corrupt world of film noir.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Two exciting, dangerous actors have little to do: Duvall spends too much time pacing and waiting; De Niro's big scene has him hanging up his vestments.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

True Confessions contains scenes that are just about as good as scenes can be. Then why does the movie leave us disoriented and disappointed, and why does the ending fail dismally?

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Acting compensates for disappointing ending

Variety Staff

Given the powerhouse topline casting combo and provocative theme, True Confessions has to be chalked up as something of a disappointment.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Quite simply it's one of the most entertaining, most intelligent and most thoroughly satisfying commercial American films in a very long time.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

An atmospheric, always-intriguing mystery that works equally well as a perceptive character study. One of the very best films of the 1980s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
With all the talent in front of the camera there is no way this should be as inert as it is. Visually impressive drama is not terrible but lumbers along to an… More
Stephen Earnest
"True Confessions" is one of the slowest films I've seen. And not only is it slow, but it has virtually no climax or plot and the ending just… More
Film Crazy
its a watchable film
Lady D'arbanville
Robert De Niro is just as convincing as a priest as he is a gangster or a madman. Thought this was a great character played by Robert Duvell. Enjoyed the… More