Owen Gleiberman
April 27, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Miami Blues

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Fred Ward
director
George Armitage
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

Alec Baldwin’s strenuously awful performance as a pathological liar, thief, and killer plays like Judd Nelson impersonating Robert De Niro — it’s a portrait of the psycho as acting-class creep. Adapted from Charles Willeford’s crime novel, this garishly eccentric cat-and-mouse thriller has a few giddy comic highs, but nothing in it makes much sense, from the initial death of a Hare Krishna by broken finger to the crushingly bloody, absurdist finale.

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