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The Black Dahlia (2006)

HD   R Closed Captioning

Brian De Palma

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About the Movie

Inspired by the most notorious unsolved murder in California history. From the acclaimed director of Scarface and the author of L.A. Confidential comes the spellbinding thriller The Black Dahlia. Two ambitious cops, Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett), investigate the shocking murder of an aspiring young starlet. With a corpse so mutilated that photos are kept from the public, the case becomes an obsession for the men, and their lives begin to unravel. Blanchard's relationship with his girlfriend Kay (Scarlett Johansson) deteriorates, while Bleichert finds himself drawn to the enigmatic Madeleine (Hilary Swank), a wealthy woman with a dark and twisted connection to the victim.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 186
  • Fresh: 60
  • Rotten: 126
  • Average Rating: 4.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: What it accomplishes with its stunning cinematography and set design is undercut by a lack of coherence. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Sep 1, 2007

Rotten: The Black Dahlia feels wobbly and uncertain. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: There are moments when The Black Dahlia projects a spectral world, but its ghosts in broad daylight are elusive at best. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The picture is a kind of fattened goose that's been stuffed with goose-liver pate. It's overrich and fundamentally unsatisfying. – David Denby, New Yorker, Dec 13, 2006

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Customer Reviews


Great movie suspension kept alive many turninq points of views which intriqued mehh(:

It's Ok

It's just ok. I mean the acting was decent , the script was kinda good, but its just ok its not god awful i have seen worse Ex (1990 Bronx Warriors). My advice see L.A Confidental thats a mind blowing movie!

Dark and foreboding

David Fincher was originally supposed to direct this film, but backed out due to the subject matter being too dark. A story too dark for David Fincher?! It is a dark film and I think that's why it bombed. Sure the acting is questionable at times(I know it's neo-noir but come on).

It's a difficult film to watch, there is no happy ending and the characters are depressing. If you enjoyed films like Seven, then you might enjoy this or not.

The Black Dahlia (2006)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2006

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