The Big Sleep Reviews

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's likely to leave you confused and dissatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Agee
TIME Magazine
March 7, 2014
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.
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Manny Farber
The New Republic
August 30, 2012
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.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
December 23, 2010
One of the great pleasures of the silver screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is typical of this most puzzling of films that no one agrees even on why it is so puzzling. Yet that has never affected The Big Sleep's enduring popularity, because the movie is about the process of a criminal investigation, not its results.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A movie that every film student should study and every movie lover should watch at least once.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 15, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This is arguably the high-water mark of Hollywood's love affair with the infinitely slippery possibilities of the English language.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rebecca Murray
June 28, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
November 6, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 19, 2009
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.
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Variety Staff
July 18, 2008
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.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
March 7, 2014
The plot is a bundle of confusions, but who cares? Few films have made cigarettes seem so glamorous. Or had such seductive repartee.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
January 1, 2006
There's little else I can add about this proto-noir, one of the archetypes of the genre and a showstopper for Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, who spar through a catty romance while dancing through a taut mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 18, 2005
Wide awake amid the smoke and mirrors.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2001, witty, and exciting. It may not make a lot of sense, but it's got layers of mood and ambience.
| Original Score: 9/10
Carlo Cavagna
April 20, 2002
Bogart and Bacall are so good together that the story's impenetrability doesn't matter much, as long as it keeps serving up suspenseful situations and sassy dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 1, 2005
A trama extremamente complexa é uma mera desculpa para os diálogos perfeitos e para a presença sempre intensa de Bogart.
| Original Score: 5/5
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