Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas1998

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)



Critic Consensus: Visually creative, but also aimless, repetitive, and devoid of character development.

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Journalist Raoul Duke and his lawyer Dr Gonzo drive from LA to Las Vegas on a drugs binge. They nominally cover news stories, including a convention on drug abuse, but also sink deeper into a frightening psychedelic otherworld. As Vietnam, Altamont and the Tate killings impinge from the world of TV news, Duke and Gonzo see casinos, reptiles and the American dream.

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Johnny Depp
as Raoul Duke
Gary Busey
as Highway Patrolman
Ellen Barkin
as Waitress
Cameron Diaz
as TV Reporter
Tobey Maguire
as Hitchhiker
Craig Bierko
as Lacerta
Mark Harmon
as Magazine Reporter
Katherine Helmond
as Reservation Clerk
Michael Jeter
as Bumquist
as Musician
Penn Jillette
as Carnie Talker
Lyle Lovett
as Road Person
Laraine Newman
as Frog-Eyed Woman
Michael Lee Gogin
as Uniformed Dwarf
Larry Cedar
as Car Rental Agent, Los Angeles
Brian Lebaron
as Parking Attendant
Tyde Kierney
as Reporter
Richard Riehle
as Dune Buggy Driver
Ransom Gates
as Dune Buggy Passenger
Frank Romano
as Dune Buggy Passenger
Gil Boccaccio
as Desert Room Doorman
Gary Bruno
as Desert Room Doorman
Richard Portnow
as Wine Coloured Tuxedo
Verne Troyer
as Wee Waiter
Will Blount
as The Black Guy
Ben Yeager
as Barker, the Clown
Christopher Callen
as Bazooka Circus Waitress
Ben van der Veen
as TV Crew Man
Alex Craig Mann
as Stockbroker
Gregory Itzin
as Clerk at Mint Hotel
Troy Evans
as Police Chief
Gale Baker
as Police Chief's Wife
Chris Hendrie
as Executive Director
Larry Brandenburg
as Cop in Black
Stephen Bridgewater
as Human Cannonball
Buck Holland
as Shopper
Mary Gillis
as Shopper
Robert (Tex) Allen
as Car Rental Agent, Las Vegas
David Brisbin
as Man in Car
James O'Sullivan
as TV Newsman
Milt Tarver
as TV Newsman
Kathryn Alexander
as Lizard Performer
Mia Babalis
as Lizard Performer
Kristin Draudt
as Lizard Performer
Kim Flowers
as Lizard Performer
Nan Friedman
as Lizard Performer
Judith Lieff
as Lizard Performer
Tane McClure
as Lizard Performer
Diana Mehoudar
as Lizard Performer
Geoffrey B. Nimmer
as Lizard Performer
Marlene Bologna
as Trapeze Artist
Chobi Gyorgy
as Trapeze Artist
Karen E. Castoldi
as Trapeze Artist
Lisa S. Hoyle
as Trapeze Artist
Joseph S. Griffo
as Trapeze Artist
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Critic Reviews for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (14)

The flaccid film is a goon-show version of Thompson's commentary on the craziness of the American Dream.

May 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The one stand-out is Johnny Depp, who brings Hunter S Thompson to bald-headed, pigeon-toed life.

March 29, 2019 | Full Review…

It's certainly distinctive, looking at times like Richard Lester put through a postmodernist blender.

May 2, 2012 | Full Review…

(Gilliam's) vision is too reflexively comic to evoke the shadows of dread in Thompson's writing.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: D+

Pic serves up a sensory overload without any compensatory reflection on the outlandish and irresponsible behavior on view.

March 26, 2009

A film of brilliant moments, but sadly less coherent - and, on senses, rather less personal - than most of Gilliam's work.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

A surrealist portrait, characters lost and visually innovative, a ride to a psychdelic, coloful and Las Vegas from Hunter S. Thompson. Fear and Loathing is great. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

It's visually appealing and has Depp and Del Toro at their craziest, however that's all that is carrying the film. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is wildly senseless and the plot is just as hallucinating as the symptoms of this drug-induced tirade. 2/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Into and/or in search of the heart of the American dream, Raoul Duke(Depp) and his attorney(Del Toro) take a road trip to Las Vegas from Los Angeles where sportswriter Duke(Hunter S. Thompson) is to cover some races in the desert. Loaded up with large quantities of just about every illegal drug, alcohol and even grapefruit for an experience worthy of writing about. Add an invitation from the national conference of district attorneys to attend a four day seminar on narcotics and dangerous drugs and it makes things that much more interesting. This means loads of cops and from all over which just means there will be more to write about. Let's just not worry about the paranoia, it's all part of the journey here. Basically, it's an out of control experience of running on mescaline, LSD, speed, cocaine, large quantities of alcohol among other intoxicants turning Duke and Dr. Gonzo into complete madmen in a town that never sleeps. So you'd gather that it would be a rather bad trip, and you'd be right. But when it comes to "Gonzo Journalism", you do what it takes to get a story, whatever it may be; even if it is a story of no importance. "Uppers are no longer stylish. Methedrine is almost as rare, on the 1971 market, as pure acid or DMT. "Consciousness Expansion" went out with LBJ...and it is worth noting, historically, that downers came in with Nixon." Hunter S. Thompson

Eric S
Eric S

Super Reviewer

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