The Hot Spot (1990)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 6
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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1
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Average Rating: 3/5
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Charles Martin Smith
James N. Harrell
Woman at Gas Station
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The Hot Spot seeps with atmosphere, unfolds at a deceptively relaxed pace, steadily accumulates noirish grit, then dizzily plunges into a Lynch-like plumbing of the dark passions and nasty secrets at the heart of Main Street, USA.
The film might have been a camp hoot if it weren't for the fact that Hopper still believes in all this stuff - he likes his women molten, duplicitous, and in kinky high heels.
For all its genre touches, ''The Hot Spot'' is best remembered for its little eccentricities.
I feel at home in movies like "The Hot Spot." They come out of that vast universe formed by the historic meeting of B movies and the idea of film noir - films about the soft underbelly of the human conscience.
[Madsen] keeps trying for Blanche DuBois and coming out with Gomer Pyle.
"Hot Spot" will never go down as timeless, neoclassic noir. But, with its Hopperlike moments, over-the-top performances and infectious music, it carries you along for a spell.
It's a nifty, nasty, sexy, and sometimes very funny little paperback of a movie that delivers its genre thrills with a light touch and an agreeable sense of its own lurid ridiculousness.
This neo-noir film directed by Dennis Hopper is like a trashy pulp novel that you might read and enjoy at the beach.
Lazily made neo-noir that sinks its teeth into the genre's cliches with limited success.
A pretty sexy and effective noir in broad daylight.
The Hot Spot is an incredibly hit-and-miss affair, with the various positive elements in the film hurt by a seriously overlong running time.
While much of the fun is in watching the serpentine plot unwind, Hopper also provides incidental pleasure through his acute dissection of small-town life.
Nothing to write home about, but still a middling hoot
comes dangerously close to clicking before fizzling out
Maybe worth seeing just for Jennifer Connelly's numerous assets, otherwise it's a dry and wandering affair.
Audience Reviews for The Hot Spot
- Dolly Harshaw: There are only two things to do around here, You got a TV?
- Lon Golick: No.
- Dolly Harshaw: Now you're down to one. Good luck!
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