Hoping to land a movie role, a thief (Robert Downey Jr.) learns investigative techniques from a detective (Val Kilmer).
" [A] movie-lover's movie. "
" Downey spins joyfully back and forth between farce and realism. Is there any leading man more fun to watch? "
" Black misses the mark here and there, but the film never stands still and bad jokes are quickly displaced by good ones. "
" Black has concocted a zany detective dramedy, a jokey, nocturnal Chinatown and an amazingly, amusingly verbose movie, all banter and hard-as-nails detective cliches. "
" [A] cheerful mess of a pulp-fiction parody, pumped full of laughs by Michelle Monaghan, Val Kilmer, and Robert Downey Jr. "
" A more-than-serviceable dark comedy. "
" An ultra-knowing exercise in genre deconstruction, and something of a charmer to boot. "
" If you've seen your share of action flicks (who hasn't?) you should have no trouble chuckling. And nodding and winking. "
" Fast, flashy and filled with gunplay, gumshoes and gangsters... "
" Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang could be construed as a kind of oblique mea culpa, but Black is having too much fun to seem all that apologetic. "
" Kiss Kiss may be impossibly pleased with itself, but with good reason. "
" While Downey's rumpled insouciance jibes with the movie's jaded, narcissistic tone, it's a hard tone to take for a hundred minutes or so. "
" Kiss Kiss may not smack of the truth or invite analysis, but in a warped way it gets the freaky job done. "
" [Robert Downey Jr. is] the quickest, sharpest, slyest and wryest comic actor on the screen. "
" Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is crass and crude, and loves every minute of it. "
" Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is as much fun as the title suggests, and packed with banter that rolls off the tongue just as easily. "
" Black's postmodern take lives up to its title, though an added Laugh Laugh might have said it all. "
" A frenzied, stylish, very funny inside joke. "
" Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is the first movie since 1994's Pulp Fiction not just to understand movie violence as a pop cultural form ... but to play it like a virtuoso violinist. "
" The movie's self-referential snarkiness borders on too clever for its own good, but there's no denying the fresh new edge to this one-time Hollywood hotshot's directorial debut. "
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