City of Lies

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    David EhrlichindieWire
    Furman's movie lacks the craft or the confidence to address the unresolved questions of institutional cancer.
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    Matthew MonagleAustin Chronicle
    City of Lies is more James Ellroy than docudrama, resulting in a tired police thriller that hitched its wagon to an untenable star.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    As a thriller, it never quite reaches its boiling point, which may be one reason it's been sitting on the shelf since 2018. But as the portrait of a man obsessed and the forces stacked up against him, it earns its stripes.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's interesting from a forensic standpoint... It ties whole things [about the case] together.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Depp and Forest Whitaker go for authenticity in the gritty drama reminiscent of '70s procedurals.
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    Thelma AdamsAARP Movies for Grownups
    The Depp-Whitaker acting duet glues this messy movie together, along with hard-boiled true-crime elements, gritty L.A. backdrops, cherry cars and a propulsive soundtrack that includes Tupac Shakur, N.W.A. and Biggie.
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    Ron WilkinsonIt's Just Movies
    The lesson is solid even as the huge production fails to generate the chemistry promised by its cast and crew.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    City of Lies (directed by Brad Furman) focuses on the Biggie Smalls murder case in such a lukewarm and unremarkable way that people will be better off watching any of the several documentaries about the same subject.
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    Jackie K. Cooperjackiekcooper.com
    Johnny Depp is back in good form as an ex-cop seeking the truth about a famous murder. Forest Whitaker matches him step to step as an investigative reporter. A solid combination.
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    Though an artless film, it has some spunk.
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