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.

Brian Tallerico

You have to wonder just how vibrant the film would have been during the Reagan or Clinton administration, when De Palma was in his prime.

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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Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

De Palma has managed to turn a two-hour movie about a substantial, significant, unusually gruesome real-life mystery into something of a bore.

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Keith Uhlich
Reverse Shot

Ghost World: Keith Uhlich on The Black Dahlia for Reverse Shot's Brian de Palma symposium.

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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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Debbie Lynn Elias
Behind The Lens

A lover of not only film noir, but the grandeur and grotesqueness of early Hollywood and Los Angeles, the only thing given to me by the THE BLACK DAHLIA is a black hole of disappointment. I think it's time to revisit the novel.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Forty-five minutes in, I was already glancing at my watch and wondering why the only lively actress in this film was playing the dead girl. Go figure.

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Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)

Almost every decision that was taken here seems to have been the wrong one, from the casting of the callow, pleasant-looking Josh Hartnett as the sexually repressed cop hero, to the mellow sepia tones overlaying night-time Los Angeles.

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Matthew Lucas
The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)

If Ed Wood ever made a film noir picture, this is what it would look like.

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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 it‚??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