Miller's Crossing is a well acted and well made gangster story done in a film noir style reminiscent of movies movies made in the 1930's and 1940's. This is where I have a problem with the film. The characters seem more like stereotypes from old movies, and there is so much style, snappy dialog, and unrealistic situations that the movie never feels real to me. It is hard to take it seriously. However, as an exercise in movie making, it is a modern day version of old gangster films and is pretty entertaining on that level.
There is some debate on the internet about whether this movie is a great film or a dud. I think that this depends upon your expectations.
Rating: * * * .5