Carter Bennett’s review published on Letterboxd:
Watched at Alamo Drafthouse
▶️ Loved seeing this one on the big screen. Nicholson is a force of nature here and he’s backed up by an all-time script from Robert Towne and a legendary production team in Polanski and Evans. It’s the ultimate Hollywood and LA film that also happens to be the greatest detective picture ever put to celluloid.
The team behind this film took the detective genre and flipped it on its head- All the while delivering the goods of the genre. It operates simultaneously as a great detective film and a great film in general and it’s this confluence of greatness that places it atop the hallowed output of the ‘70s- right next to The Godfather. As Sam Spade would say, this is the stuff that dreams are made of.