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Dark Streets Reviews

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

A flimsy blues-oriented Moulin Rouge with a touch of Chinatown-style public corruption thrown in.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/4

October 9, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Looks great and sound great, but it doesn't have enough heart and soul and, ultimately, seems too artsy-fartsy while leaving feeling cold.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 4/10

January 31, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

There's nothing worse than a soft-boiled noir. Dashiell Hammett this is not.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D+

December 30, 2008
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

The cast of lightweights come off as kids playing dress-up in their parents' old clothes.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 30, 2008
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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An unwieldy combination of film noir and film musical, Dark Streets doesn't manage to be effective on either level.

December 22, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A film noir musical fantasy that falls flat due to a weak screenplay.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

December 16, 2008
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

A poetic, rambunctious film that shows no matter how much we see, we never see, and no matter how much things change, the more they stay the same.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 8/10

December 16, 2008
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

The roster of R&B artists heard on the soundtrack is impressive; the movie is not.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

December 15, 2008
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

Sophisticated elements rise above this murk - Toledo as the MC and music that is a serious contribution to the blues repertory.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 3/10

December 14, 2008
Travis Nichols
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's atmospheric like a steaming pile.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: D

December 12, 2008
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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Dark Streets has atmosphere coming out its ears, but not much going on between them.

| Original Score: 2/5

December 12, 2008
M.E. Russell
Oregonian

The script is just all kinds of terrible.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C-

December 12, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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I love musicals, but I'd be hard-pressed to recommend this curiosity.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 12, 2008
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

If only I cared.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 12, 2008
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

A collection of 1950s B-movie mannerisms that would have made for a great parody if only it were capable of laughing at its own hard-boiled absurdity.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 12, 2008
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

According to its press kit, this is 'an atmospheric film noir musical fantasy,' 'a noir fever dream' and a 'blues-infused noir mystery.' If you suspect those are code words for 'pointless hooey,' you're right.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 12, 2008
Christopher Borrelli
Chicago Tribune
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Dark Streets lost me early, real early, like still-adjusting-my-eyes-in-a-dark-theater early: Welcome to the blues, growls the entertainer with the mohawk and the full-length ringmaster gown.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

December 12, 2008
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

...an inventively made noir with a terrific sound track of 12 original songs. This might not be for everyone, but if you like noir it's one that shouldn't disappoint.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 7/10

December 12, 2008
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Viewers willing to give themselves to the serious playfulness and visuals will find their share of rewards in 'Dark Streets.'

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

December 12, 2008
David Noh
Film Journal International

Time for a moratorium on film noir attempts.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 12, 2008
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