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Nightmare Alley (1947)

Nightmare Alley

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 2
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 0

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 1,577

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Movie Info

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

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama , Classics
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 7, 2005
Runtime:
20th Century Fox


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Critic Reviews for Nightmare Alley

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

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

Full Review… | February 6, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top 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.

Full Review… | February 6, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 2, 2007
Eye for Film

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

Full Review… | July 23, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

will haunt you for days

Full Review… | June 4, 2005
Filmcritic.com

A cult classic.

Full Review… | January 14, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | February 15, 2002
Oregonian

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

Full Review… | February 6, 2002
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | February 6, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Power used his almost irritating handsomeness as a subversive tool.

Full Review… | February 6, 2002
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.

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ajv2688
AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

½

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...

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mjgildea
Michael Gildea

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.

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webalina
Cindy I

Super Reviewer

The best Carnie Noir film ever made.

and Colleen Gray is wicked hot

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kenstachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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