The plot is a bundle of confusions, but who cares? Few films have made cigarettes seem so glamorous. Or had such seductive repartee.
| Original Score: 5/5
The Big Sleep is as fresh and perverse as ever, and remains one of Hollywood's most entrancingly strange bedtime stories.
The Big Sleep is wakeful fare for folks who don't care what is going on, or why, so long as the talk is hard and the action harder.
Hawks' film noir remains legendary, despite complicated and convoluted plot, due to its star power and chemistry between Bogart and Bacall.
| Original Score: A-
The Big Sleep, though, is witty and sinister, and in an odd way is a realistic portrayal of big-city life with Arabian Nights overtones.
It's unmissable, irresistible.
The Big Sleep has the distinction of being without doubt one of the greatest crime films of the Forties, yet also one of the least structurally satisfying.
| Original Score: 4/5
Oozing class from start to finish, Howard Hawks' 1946 noir isn't just a Hollywood classic.
No screen couple, before or since, had as much chemistry as Bogart and Bacall.
One of the great pleasures of the silver screen.
Try to see the original version, which explains the plot better and has better story telling.
If anyone ever tries to make the argument that plot is more important than anything else in cinema, this is a great movie to throw in their face.
The direction, cinematography, screenplay, brooding score and acting in this movie are all without fault. If you see one film noir movie in your life, make it this one.
Bogart as Marlowe is compelling in this classic thriller that is complex but triumph of atmospheric cool.
Brittle Chandler characters have been transferred to the screen with punch by Howard Hawks' production and direction, providing full load of rough, tense action most of the way.
What you remember here are moments.
Tribes of monkeys doing monkey things, albeit things related to the perforation of the flesh: murder and blood and sweat and sex.
| Original Score: 4/4
True classic Bogie and Bacall, even though plot is way out puzzling in many ways.
| Original Score: 5/5
One of the most intriguing, energetic and playful film noirs ever.
| Original Score: A
This is arguably the high-water mark of Hollywood's love affair with the infinitely slippery possibilities of the English language.