Opening

71% Hercules Jul 25
68% Lucy Jul 25
33% And So It Goes Jul 25
—— The Fluffy Movie Jul 25
88% A Most Wanted Man Jul 25

Top Box Office

91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes $36.3M
56% The Purge: Anarchy $29.8M
45% Planes: Fire And Rescue $17.5M
20% Sex Tape $14.6M
17% Transformers: Age of Extinction $9.8M
23% Tammy $7.4M
85% 22 Jump Street $4.7M
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 $3.9M
49% Earth to Echo $3.3M
49% Maleficent $3.2M

Coming Soon

—— Guardians of the Galaxy Aug 01
—— Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Aug 08
—— Step Up: All In Aug 08
—— Let's Be Cops Aug 13
—— The Expendables 3 Aug 15

New Episodes Tonight

25% Black Box: Season 1
100% Defiance: Season 2
40% Dominion: Season 1
41% Gang Related: Season 1
86% Maron: Season 2
94% Rectify: Season 2
39% Rush: Season 1
85% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
41% Working the Engels: Season 1
76% You're the Worst: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

85% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
90% The Divide: Season 1
83% Extant: Season 1
—— Graceland: Season 2
—— Hot in Cleveland: Season 5
50% Jennifer Falls: Season 1
—— Motive: Season 2
69% Mystery Girls: Season 1
—— Rogue: Season 2
100% Suits: Season 4
38% Taxi Brooklyn: Season 1
—— Wilfred: Season 4
43% Young & Hungry: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

85% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
79% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1
100% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2
97% Orphan Black: Season 2
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
86% The Strain: Season 1
85% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
76% You're the Worst: Season 1

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley (1947)

tomatometer

No Score Yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 2
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 0

audience

88

liked it
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 1,571

My Rating

Movie Info

Nightmare Alley is the story of a con man who recruits a couple of amatuers as his partners.

Unrated,

Drama, Classics

Jun 7, 2005

20th Century Fox

Watch It Now

Cast

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (0) | DVD (12)

A strange and rather sick movie made by highly talented people.

February 6, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Neither a great movie nor even a classic noir but it has a great ambition to be daring and, once seen, is not easily forgotten.

February 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Alongside Todd Browning's Freaks, this is a brilliantly grim assessment of humanity's place in the cruel circus of life.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

...worth a look, if only for Power's engaging, electrifying performance.

July 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

will haunt you for days

June 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A cult classic.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the odder products of Hollywood's golden age.

February 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A terrific movie, pulled off with a tremendous amount of skill.

February 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A middle of the road drama that has a lot going for it in certain key areas.

February 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Power used his almost irritating handsomeness as a subversive tool.

February 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

Audience Reviews for Nightmare Alley

A touching, dramatic, exciting, romantic, interesting film. I loved Power as the young man who aims too high, goes too far, pushes too much to get what he thinks he deserves. It's pretty long, but very worth seeing.
September 26, 2012
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Nightmare Alley gets better every time I see it. The photography is so beautiful and simultaneously sleazy that I felt like I need a tetanus shot after watching it. Tyrone Power plays a great prick who gets what he wants through Jedi mind tricks and a series of screw jobs. Obviously things aren't going to end well for such an unscrupulous character and said ending may be a little predictable. But watching a film noir carnie movie is one of those things that blow your mind once you stop to think about it. Like deep fried pickles...
June 6, 2011
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

Good movie, with an especially good performance by Tyrone Power. He plays a magician/mentalist in a circus sideshow. One of his fellow performers dies due to a careless, although unintentional, act by Power, a death foretold in a tarot card reading by Joan Blondell. Power leaves the circus and starts his own mind-reading act with his new wife Coleen Gray. During a show he meets a mysterious lady psychiatrist who makes a deal with him. Telling anymore would ruin it, so I'll just say this -- you can't run away from fate.
January 13, 2008
webalina

Super Reviewer

The best Carnie Noir film ever made.

and Colleen Gray is wicked hot
December 9, 2007
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Nightmare Alley on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Weekly Binge
Weekly Binge

Check out Boardwalk Empire

Historical TV Shows
Historical TV Shows

40 TV depictions of past eras

24 Frames
24 Frames

Pictures of classic movie pairs

Annabelle Trailer
Annabelle Trailer

Horror spin-off of The Conjuring

Episode 33
Episode 33

The Leftovers recap

Foreign Titles

  • Nightmare Alley (1947) (DE)
  • Nightmare Alley (1947) (UK)
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile