[A] deliriously enjoyable noir comedy-thriller.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Shane Black's film noir is a movie with no particular reason for existing, a flashy, trifling throwaway whose surface cleverness masks a self-infatuated credulity.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
A very writerly film, incessantly displaying a preoccupation with its own storytelling structure and cheekily blowing the lid off other movies' tropes and wiles.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
All three actors give it their all, but Monaghan stands out with a sexy yet oddly down-to-earth variation on the Midwest girl gone wrong, thanks partly to a dark dysfunctional family secret.
Mike Clark - USA Today
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.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a terrific one-night stand, but you may wake up, as Harry does, and wonder exactly who you slept with.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Tongue planted in its cheek and elbow digging for your ribs, the movie is tricked out with a panoply of new wave stunts.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Kiss Kiss is so inside Hollywood, so anxious to bite the hand that fed Black, that it plays like an elaborate prank.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
[Robert Downey Jr. is] the quickest, sharpest, slyest and wryest comic actor on the screen.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Kiss Kiss may not smack of the truth or invite analysis, but in a warped way it gets the freaky job done.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
If you've seen your share of action flicks (who hasn't?) you should have no trouble chuckling. And nodding and winking.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is crass and crude, and loves every minute of it.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
A slithery treat.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang contains a lot of comedy and invention, but doesn't much benefit from its clever style.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Black's retro-noir reminds us why we love movies: because they can surprise us, even when we're ankle deep in bullet casings, bodies and enough twists to tie us in knots.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
[A] cheerful mess of a pulp-fiction parody, pumped full of laughs by Michelle Monaghan, Val Kilmer, and Robert Downey Jr.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
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.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Movies don't get much cheesier than this -- or much more fun.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Fast, flashy and filled with gunplay, gumshoes and gangsters...
Tom Long - Detroit News
A more-than-serviceable dark comedy.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Vulgar, noisy, pointless and stupid.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Perhaps too clever for its own good and so confusingly dense one is tempted to stop trying to follow the plot and just go along for the ride.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A hard-boiled hoot.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
[A] movie-lover's movie.
Susan Walker - Toronto Star
Pretty damned funny in its insubstantial, gratuitously violent, gratuitously everything way.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Downey spins joyfully back and forth between farce and realism. Is there any leading man more fun to watch?
David Edelstein - Slate
An entertaining, albeit eclectic and eccentric, melange.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Quite a roller-coaster ride through the funhouse of Tough-Guy P.I. Fiction.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is as much fun as the title suggests, and packed with banter that rolls off the tongue just as easily.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
I couldn't have liked it more.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang turns into a film that is too ostentatiously pleased with itself, so in love with its own cleverness it doesn't notice it's darn near worn you out.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Choppy L.A. thriller. Absolutely not for kids.
Maria Llull - Common Sense Media
Its wink-wink eyelids feel heavy from having seen so much in Hollywood and it turns out to be the best accidental detective story since "The Big Lebowski." Downey Jr. and Kilmer make one of the least likely, most inspired buddy pairings of the 2000s.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
An effervescent ride buoyed in no small amount by the agility of the actors
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Slick, sassy and downright delicious "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" is a royal cinematic treat.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A raucous mix of black comedy and noir thriller.
Saxon Bullock - Film4
This is how Hollywood action comedies should be done -- smart, fast and a hoot.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
As a slice of disposably self-referential entertainment, it more than earns its keep, and also acts as an effective witness-protection programme for two stars who were formerly more in need of a bullet than a kiss.
Mark Kermode - Observer [UK]
A winkingly funny neo-noir treat.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The film's more than a little bit tounge-in-cheek, and the constant winking at the audience could tire for some. For me, I just kicked back and enjoyed the ride, one far more literate than most shoot 'em ups your'e like to to come across any time soon.
Jason Gorber - Film Scouts
A good time for folks who like Raymond Chandler novels and action movies with a quirky side.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
It's the laugh-a-minute repartee of this odd couple that drives the movie far more than the ridiculously overly complicated plot.
John Wrathall - Sight and Sound
An ultra-knowing exercise in genre deconstruction, and something of a charmer to boot.
Ben Walters - Time Out
Goes for [snarky postmodernism] immediately, then, to my surprise, deftly pulls it off.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
It's a movie that becomes so taken with itself, that it seems to be doing the laughing instead of the viewer.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang remains mostly on target, sending up old detective stories and contemporary cinema simultaneously,
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
A very funny send-up of hard-boiled L.A. detective movies like 'L.A. Confidential' and 'Chinatown.'
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Bold and breathless, this trippy, hilarious, know-it-all comedy-thriller will have you reliving its ironic spoils for days, but you'll still be hard-pressed to nail the actual story.
- Empire Magazine
Mais do que a quimica impecavel entre Downey Jr. e Kilmer, o filme conta com um roteiro inteligente que faz da metalinguagem um recurso constante e organico a propria trama.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It convinces you that Black should have been directing his own scripts long before now.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
A Stunning Return for Shane Black and Joel Silver. No, I am Not Kidding.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
A movie for people who love movies... featuring tough detectives, violent thugs, women with secrets, and dark mysteries. Oh yes, it's also a comedy.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is full of knowing cinema references...but above all else it is a hilarious movie that reinvigorates the modern crime picture.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Black's seemingly yanked every memory of his Hollywood years from his noggin, put them down on paper and taken a Nikon to it. The result? A blast.
Clint Morris - Film Threat
An homage to all the detective stories Black devoured as a kid, Black takes the genre to illogical and hilarious extremes, giving us a faux noir romp that should not be missed.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
After about a half-hour it became very clear to me that Black had no real idea what his story was and didn't particularly care to find out.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Perhaps a better title for the self-referential noir comedy Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang would be Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge.
Piet Levy - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The film is quite the charmer when it needs to be, and just when you're growing tired of its convoluted plot, it manages to win you over once again.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
A trippy tribute to L.A. noir that blazes through its running time, a genre-busting blitzkrieg attack on Hollywood pretentiousness that's just as full of it as the pulp paperbacks and their myriad filmic offshoots that it lampoons.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A postmodern pastiche for those who like the artifice of motion pictures and the sleazy side of America exposed with a smile.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
It's a delirious ride Black takes us on, and it's great fun all the way.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Stop the presses! Wait, am I stopping them because Val Kilmer has made his first good film since Tombstone, or because writer Shane "I Am Everything Wrong with Hollywood" Black totally knocked his directorial debut off the wall for extra bases?
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
The movie is so relentlessly impulsive that it becomes easier if the audience just cries 'uncle' to its stylistic arm twisting.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
One of the most original movies of the year.
Diana Saenger - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It's the kind of movie that's twisted enough to play a severed finger for laughs and smart enough to make jokes about grammar.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
A little twisted and completely hilarious.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
...funny and fast-moving...Both Downey and Kilmer are perfectly cast and presumably having a good time.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
She drives alone. The critic drives alone through the pitch-black night.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
This is about as lowbrow and raunchy as any filmmaker will ever get with an R rating.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
It's not Black's material that misses; it's his refusal to let anyone -- especially the audience -- take a breather between all those bangs and kisses.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Compared to the rock-stupid Miami Vice retreads that now glut the market, it's so witty that it's practically niche.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
[Director Shane] Black is so determined to break down the 'fourth wall,' he loses sight of all reality. His film is too gimmicky for its own good.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
'Tis the season for over-the-top violence and delightfully absurdist humor!
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
An occasionally funny and entertaining film that ultimately tries too hard and cannot maintain the breakneck pace that the first act antes up.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Kilmer earns Comeback Actor of the Year honors for his sharp turn.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
A delicious post-modern romp through a meta-fictional crime caper - I loved it.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
... a smug, self-referential blend of twisty Raymond Chandler-style mystery and "Pulp Fiction"-style spoof of same.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
I was at first entertained but eventually exhausted by all the movie references, which become maddeningly self-congratulatory.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Not as clever as it thinks it is, but it's a pretty enjoyable movie-movie nonetheless.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
This is one of Downey's most enjoyable performances, and one of Kilmer's funniest.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Shane Black's Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is Raymond Chandler on comic steroids, a fast-paced, incredibly dense film noir thriller, knee-deep in Hollywood glitter.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Kiss Kiss may be impossibly pleased with itself, but with good reason.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
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.
Peter Debruge - Miami Herald
The formula is old but this film is genuinely funny. The comedy is more satisfying than the mystery.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Downey, fresh out of rehab, is perfect for this part - emaciated and hangdog, a perfect embodiment of the loser who knows he's running out of chances and had better make the most of this one.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The best action movie of the year.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Black has finally got the hipness that his Lethal Weapon films pawed like apes, thudding with macho humor.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Nihilistic, misanthropic, and it just might hate its audience a little, but damn if it doesn't wash out as something exhilarating.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A clever, post-modern noir, equal parts loving homage and biting parody.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
An entertaining send-up of hard-boiled pulp novels and the harsh realities of Hollywood.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Annoyingly glib...Drowns in its own jokiness.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
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.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As one of the best noir crime thrillers since L.A. Confidential, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is also going to make you laugh and laugh.
Michael Szymanski - Hollywood.com
[Downey] give[s] us one of the most deliciously shivery-great performances so far this year...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Don't Don't Go Go.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A frenzied, stylish, very funny inside joke.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
All affectation and no affect...by the end the smug artificiality of it all has become well-nigh intolerable.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The cool thing about "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" is that it's a lot of fun to watch shiny, happy people shooting at each other...
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
Black is clearly having a huge amount of fun with the film and his witty script takes in everything from Chandleresque pulp novels to trashy Hollywood cliches and knowing in-jokes.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
- Boston Phoenix
Misogynistic, homophobic, smug, and pointless, Black's auteur debut is an exercise in self-reflexivity, and the image reflected back is ugly.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Diabolically plotted and fiendishly clever
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
I haven't had this much fun at the movies in a long time.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
Black misses the mark here and there, but the film never stands still and bad jokes are quickly displaced by good ones.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Put together well, and its numerous stunts and action sequences are imaginatively conceived and carried out with an original flair.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Black's postmodern take lives up to its title, though an added Laugh Laugh might have said it all.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Probably won't do your karma any favors, but there may not be a better time in theaters this year. If Satan is indeed involved in Black's career, then Satan deserves a raise.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a delightful return to the spotlight for Shane Black, reminding the viewer that he was gone for far too long.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
It's clever but not as clever as it thinks it is.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
the zingers come so fast and furious that if you miss a few (and even the most alert viewer will the first time), there are always more.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
A self-reflexive, raunchy, witty and irreverent movie, bound to please all but the most straitlaced audiences
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
This is the kind of dialogue that sparks our three actors into zany life.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
"Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" is a pulp fiction in itself with dead bodies showing up and plenty of kidnappings.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
[A] smart, hilarious blend of detective story and action film, relishing the viciously twisting plot and the chance to take sarcastic swipes at life in superficial Los Angeles.
Andy Jacobs - BBC
...has the bitter irony of someone who used to love the movies until he started making them.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
The bullets fly and the humor takes its own trajectory.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
A true comeback for Black and stars Downey and Kilmer, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is smart smart, fun fun.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Stephen Schaefer - Boston Herald
It's dark humor that takes detective stories into a whole new genre - sharp tongues, smart plotlines, and fast-paced action.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Lethally funny, this cynical, satirical mystery thriller wryly plays murder for laughs.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
This is Black's love letter to the pulps he loved growing up and that inspired his career, and his affection can be felt on every frame.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
Even if it doesn't necessarily hold together as a coherent narrative and its mystery only makes a little sense, Kiss Kiss is a tremendously entertaining trip.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
This is a Bang-up job.
- E! Online
A silly, self-reflexive lark oozing spitfire sarcasm and nonchalant cool.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
An adrenalized, sexy, comic film noir thriller that is as subversive as it gets in the City of Angels.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Val Kilmer hasn't been this cool in comedy since Real Genius. No, The Island of Dr. Moreau doesn't count.
Dave White - Movies.com
Storytelling, performance and visual literacy this brilliant may be out of style, but I can't imagine anyone who sees Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang not coming out panting for more.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
This tribute to old-fashioned hard-boiled detective fiction is laced with Hollywood satire and the snappy, lightning-fast dialogue that helped make writer-turned-director Shane Black's name synonymous with hard-edged '90s action comedies.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Among the biggest surprises of the year.
Mark Olsen - L.A. Weekly
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
does for the action genre what Scream did for the slasher flick.
David Thomas - Filmcritic.com
The movie itself may be the slyest bit of all, proving that it's possible to come back not just adequately, but better than before.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
This movie is a classic already - you'll be quoting it and referencing it as soon as you have walked out of the theater.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
The best director for Shane Black's unique style of writing just might be Shane Black.
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
Hard-boiled dialogue and drop-dead attitude rarely hit their target as hilariously as they do in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Black winds up sabotaging his own material when another director's perspective could have successfully meshed parody with the hallucinatory underbelly of pulp fiction.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang was made for me personally. Don't worry if you all don't get it. It's just for me... it will give you some insight into my brain.
Fred Topel - About.com
Lethal Weapon 5
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
It's Chinatown on crack; no, make that Chinatown on crystal meth.
Richard Horgan - FilmStew.com
Downey's pseudo-hip one liners do not work.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Murder mystery meets the odd couple in this blackly hilarious bravado film that goes further in self referentialism than anything seen before.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Knowing, witty, clever and full of outrageously good action.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Sly, darkly humorous and a lot of fun, this postmodern satire playfully deconstructs every Hollywood genre: noir, private eye, actioner, and male buddy comedy
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A modernized frat-boy version of Chinatown ... and I mean that in a good way.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
While Downey Jr. and Kilmer come through this exercise unscathed, the whole think is just too busy, too pleased with its own bratty hipness...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
...for anyone who enjoys film noir, dark humor, groovy dialogue and murder, murder, murder.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Bang knows how to strike a pose, but not how to shoot straight.
Sheri Linden - Boxoffice Magazine