• Unrated, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:
    John Huston
    In Theaters:
    May 23, 1950 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 6, 2004
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The Asphalt Jungle Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

One of the first films to depict crime from the POV of the deviants rather than the police, this seminal film (arguably Huston's best) had a huge influence on the genre, manifest in the early work of Kubrick--and decades later Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

April 29, 2007

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

December 30, 2006
Paul Arendt
BBC.com

This tale of a jewel theft gone wrong is notable for its gritty procedural detail and an emphasis on the inner lives of the small time crooks, expertly played by Sterling Hayden and Sam Jaffe.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 5/5

November 11, 2006
Andrew Pulver
Guardian

One of The Asphalt Jungle's strengths is that the crims seem about as thick as you suspect they would be in real life: no Cruise or Clooney-style braniac super-athletes here.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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John Huston's greatest noir thriller.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A preeminent example of tough-guy cinema.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness

May 3, 2005
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

| Original Score: 5/5

May 3, 2005
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Rogue's Gallery noir classic.

| Original Score: 5/5

April 6, 2005
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

High-end noir in a low-end world.

| Original Score: A

November 16, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Noirish Huston classic with great story, cast.

| Original Score: 5/5

October 30, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the first caper films told from the criminal's viewpoint.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

July 21, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Huston concentrates mostly on the film's performances, but like The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, he uses space, shadow and a very clever mise-en-scene to physically illustrate the film's themes.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

July 20, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 5/5

April 21, 2004
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

| Original Score: 3/5

January 18, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

November 14, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Often copied but never equaled.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 30, 2003
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

They don't get more noir than this.

| Original Score: 5/5

April 27, 2003
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 4/5

January 13, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

October 17, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

| Original Score: 3/5

August 20, 2002

Variety
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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May 20, 2003
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