Touch of Evil Reviews

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
July 16, 2015
It is typical of Orson Welles that he takes a B-movie thriller set on the Mexican border and gives it a Shakespearian grandeur.
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 10, 2015
Like the bomb that's lobbed in the boot of the soft-top car in its opening scene, Touch Of Evil is a film where we can hear the faint sound of ticking in our heads, but don't realise what the problem is before it's far too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sarah Cronin
Electric Sheep
July 10, 2015
Touch of Evil deserves to be watched multiple times, not for the story, but to absorb its brilliance and audacity.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
July 9, 2015
Welles made the film that virtually capped a style he had helped create: you could say that the span of film noir started with Citizen Kane and ended with this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
July 9, 2015
The bravura of the opening sequence of Orson Welles's last Hollywood picture grabs you by the throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 9, 2015
Adapted by Welles from Whit Masterson's pulp thriller Badge of Evil, it had streaks of teen degradation and reefer madness, and the most intense interracial relationship since The Searchers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 6, 2014
Inspired in part by the McCarthy hearings, the movie has lost none of its timeliness: The morality of surveillance technology is among its many themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
This dazzling cinematic achievement has the rare good fortune of being one of those films that somehow seems to improve with each subsequent viewing -- the highest compliment indeed, given that it only takes one showing to evaluate its substantial worth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 12, 2013
A baroque masterpiece -- dark, complex, perverse, riveting.

Total Film
March 12, 2013
Justly celebrated for its opening crane-tracking shot, Touch Of Evil is proof of Welles' prodigious film-making talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2013
Expressionistic in the extreme, filled with shadows, angles and cinematic flourishes, the film raises the usual brooding nightmare ambiance of film noir to a level few other pictures have attempted.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 12, 2013
Having the Touch of Evil envisioned by our most creative filmmaker, is a wondrous gift no movie lover should miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 12, 2013
[Welles'] scenes with brothel-keeper Marlene Dietrich have nothing to do with the plot and everything to do with the rotting heart of this amazing fable: the apotheosis of pulp.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Indeed, just to see and hear the extraordinary 3 minute and 20 second opening sequence -- a fluid tour de force tracking shot -- without impediment of opening credits and street-sound-masking movie score is accomplishment enough.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
Orson Welles' masterwork of greed, treachery and revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
February 20, 2011
Only the elegiac Magnificent Ambersons has such a powerful, all-pervading atmosphere as Touch of Evil...
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 27, 2010
Welles once fought in a bullring in Spain during his youth. In "Touch of Evil," Welles kills the metaphorical bull.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Bob Westal
Bullz-Eye.com
October 18, 2008
Even 50 years after studio heads lost patience and dumped it onto the bottom half of double bills, the final Hollywood film from Orson Welles is the opposite of ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 29, 2008
Delightfully entertaining to watch, it is filled with interesting characters and it is playfully irreverent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
April 17, 2008
When druggies stash Leigh in a hotel room and throw a party, the movie threatens to turn into Reefer Madness, albeit with the visual panache of Citizen Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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