The film's influence on subsequent gangster films is indisputable.
| Original Score: 4/4
Gripping, superbly told tale of crooks and their girlfriends.
von Sternberg's visual style and the art direction by German émigré Hans Dreier elevate Underworld into something more than a run-of-the-mill crime picture
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sternberg's direction is both classical and modern, with an expressive approach to storytelling and his distinctive visual style already apparent...
There's a wallop right through and yet the film retains romance, clicks not a little on comedy and even whitewashes itself with a 'moral.'
The real world was not yet ready for a full-blown gangster drama in 1927.
| Original Score: 3/5
Josef von Sternberg's Underworld is a fascinating early cornerstone of both the director's worldview and the gangster genre.
Largely through the competent work of Messrs. Bancroft and Brook, Mr. von Sternberg gives a better idea of his powers as a director.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The film radiates total confidence in its own means and methods, and the themes are wholly Sternberg's.
A great silent gangster film which had considerable influence on the classic crime dramas of the early 1930s.
Considered to be the first modern gangster film, where the criminals are the antihero heroes.
| Original Score: B-
The first full-fledged gangster movie and still an effective mood piece.