“ Though slow paced, this really didn't bother me.
“ This is entertaining film noir.
“ You can tell there's huge chunks missing - the film is disjointed - Bridges does a nice job playing the damaged cop but in one of the worst pieces of miscasting - Alexandra Paul plays the sultry hooker who is supposed to lure Bridges and she is awful - about all she can play is flirty sorority girl and their scenes are dull and boring.
“ The acting is sloppy, unpredictable and right in your face.
“ Despite changing Matt Scudder's great origin story from the novel to something more generic and less dramatically interesting, the character is still a somewhat fascinating one, thanks entirely due to a typically entertaining performance from Jeff Bridges in the lead role.
“ And the confusion is not only on screen, there's some controversies between the responsible of this.
“ What we've got here is a good drama, a little disjointed in bits, as in it's dialogue, but it's exciting, involving, and more so, it's different.
“Overall, still an enjoyable movie.
“ Too bad because there's an engaging scene in which she gets stoned on coke and examines her pudendum in the light from a refrigerator.
“ I enjoyed it, however at the end, it fell apart: The characters became cliche and the plot unbelievable.
“ A Complete Mess but an Entertaining One .
“ The mid 80's seems to have been a fairly soft time for truly good films, but this one is worth watching.
“ The outcome of this drug and corruption story may not end happily or neatly -just like in real life- , but the characters and ideas explored along the way are compelling .
“ Overall, this is a dreary but sometimes suspenseful film that wasted a good performance by Bridges and a new guy named Andy Garcia.
“ (2) There is a long drawn out downspell of Bridges's character in the beginning that they.
“ What makes it even more painful is that it's both very loud and very dull, and nothing makes any sense until the film reaches a conclusion so inevitable, you wish they would've gotten to it about 75 minutes sooner.
“ Even with co-screen writing credit going to Oliver Stone, every detective story cliché is present and there's nothing particularly surprising about the chain of events as presented in the film, but Bridges carries the film on his shoulders and makes the first half of the movie worth watching.
“ I can say, this can be an entertaining mess for some of you to enjoy.
“ Robert Towne changed the screenplay, and Ashby himself made countless changes and improvisations, and at the end this is what you get: a boring film with nothing much to say.
“ Actually, there is a fourth way you can die, you can die from boredom watching this movie.
“ Don't waste your time.
“ Hell, there's even a compelling undercurrent of redemption that's to be had with Bridges's Matthew coming back from bad alcoholic blackouts to track down the killer of the call girl Sonny.
“ He, the intense Brooks, and the amusingly slimy Garcia entertain the viewer sufficiently.
“ The movie is realistically slow, treating the characters as real people, which is perhaps a mistake for the genre.
“ He is so intense.
“Absolutely gorgeous photography, good use of locations, an atmospheric score by James Newton Howard (one of his earliest), stunning helicopter shots, and some jarring violence work in the films' favor.
“ It's absorbing in its own way since it pretends to be nothing more than what it is -- no "Chinatown," just another routine private-eye thriller.
“ He receives an unexpected invitation to a party hosted by Angel Maldonado (Andy Garcia in an early role) and there the story proper begins.
“ But it goes on too long (especially that climactic confrontation in the warehouse, which becomes unbearable rather than tense), and has too much inane dialogue.
“ Violent and exciting movie about narcotics dealers , hotshot prostitutes and an ex-policeman .