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Year
1974
Runtime
130 min.
Director
Roman Polanski
Genres
Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Rating *
8.2
Votes *
208,442
Checks
32,432
Favs
3,201
Dislikes
158
Favs/checks
9.9% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
20:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I have severely mixed feelings about this 1974 classic, and I can't decide why that is. While Jack Nicholson is properly magnetic as a period private dick who stumbles upon a municipal conspiracy while investigating an adulterer, and the mystery itself keeps one's attention all the way through despite a certain deliberateness, I had a difficult time getting into Roman Polanski's tribute to film noir. For one thing, he is way too precious about laying in period detail - that 2-dollar bill, for example. For another, the lurid third act twist is way over the top and unnecessary, and I'm not sure what it brings to the picture exactly. Well, I guess I do - it makes the ending even darker and more depressing - but still feels a step too far (you could still have the threat of abuse without it). And while I understand that "Chinatown" is a stand-in for the protagonist's oft-alluded to past, it seems a shame not to fulfill the title's promised exoticism. I mean, what, not pulp enough?! Well made, well acted, an interesting mystery, good use of pulp/film noir plot elements, but left me a little cold an in no hurry to watch it again. 1 year 11 months ago
  2. Jumping Elephant's avatar

    Jumping Elephant

    "...as little as possible." 6 years 9 months ago
  3. Cadeicus's avatar

    Cadeicus

    spoiler Liked it though. Not overly, but still enjoyed it. 1 year 11 months ago
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  5. This movie ranks #24 in Mystery
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  6. This movie ranks #40 in Thriller
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  9. This movie ranks #72 in Taschen 100 All-time favorite movies
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  10. This movie ranks #73 in Spike Lee's Essential Film List
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  11. This movie ranks #75 in National Film Registry
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  12. This movie ranks #79 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  13. This movie ranks #87 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  14. This movie ranks #93 in FilmTotaal top 100
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  15. This movie ranks #96 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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  18. This movie ranks #161 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  19. This movie ranks #167 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  21. This movie ranks #177 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  22. This movie ranks #293 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
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  23. This movie ranks #340 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  24. This movie ranks #347 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
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  25. This movie ranks #378 in 501 Must See Movies
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  26. This movie ranks #581 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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