Based on the best-selling novel by James Ellroy and directed by Curtis Hanson, this award-winning crime drama explores both the dark side of the Los Angeles police force and Southern California's crim... read more
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Release Date: September 19, 1997
DVD Release Date: April 22, 1998
Stats: 7,106 reviews
Flixster Reviews (7,106)
May 21, 2013
Three detectives with very different agenda and motives unite to investigate the shooting death of an off duty cop, uncovering corruption and a conspiracy to take over organized crime. L.A. Confidential is set within the dichotomy that is Hollywood's surface glamour and underlyin...
December 24, 2012
'L.A. Confidential'. The corruption and dreams of Hollywood wrapped up in the perfect crime drama. The ensemble cast shines, but no one comes out clean in a screenplay filled with richness that twists and turns until the very end.
June 7, 2012
It takes a full hour for L.A. Confidential to delve into its mystery, an interesting and noir-tastic one, so for the entire preceding hour, it's mostly unconnected and meandering build-up told with an admittedly tight script, but a bland visual style. Cool and entertaining. But...
March 10, 2012
James Ellroy is one of the finest of hard-boiled crime writers. For those not familiar, check out his "L.A. Quartet"; four novels, that delve into the seedy and corrupt world of the Los Angeles police force in the 1950's. This film is actually based on the third novel in the ser...
December 24, 2011
What twists and turns! I kinda like how the third act is one big, dramatically-ironic goose chase, yet the filmmakers don't rush the characters' revelations. One problem I do have is that no one ever seems to close their shades. You'd think if you were schtupping a hooker or s...
December 3, 2011fb729949618
Quite possibly the best crime mystery film ever made. The 50's feel grabs you from the very beginning and never abandons you. The film is perfect in every facet: the acting, the filming, set designs, etc.......you name it, the film doesn't disappoint. What I loved the most is tha...
November 21, 2011
Smart, violent and brilliantly written thriller about L.A. cops in the 50s, as Hollywood is on the rise and corruption goes deep. All characters have flaws, even the heroes are self-righteous assholes, but by the middle of the film you are on their side regardless, hoping for the...
October 29, 2011
Such a great movie. This is should have won Best Picture, not Titanic.
October 11, 2011
L.A. Confidential is possibly the greatest crime mystery film ever made, the film is so perfect in every aspect and it just is so sure of itself that it just made me tingle on how perfect it was. The plot uses every aspect of LA in the 50's to make us feel like we are really bac...
October 7, 2011fb223580
Instant favourite. I like it even better than The Departed, thank god it ended differently. Loved the politics, the seemingly inevitable veering of all paths and personalities towards conflict, the heightened awareness and yet sometimes flagrant dismissal of consequences, and t...
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