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Devil in a Blue Dress Reviews

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Mike Clark
USA Today
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A hoary Chinatown knock-off wrapped in a seductively novel black-culture veneer, with a dash of Laura added for bad measure.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

September 7, 2011
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 2/5

August 4, 2005
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2003
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

| Original Score: 2/5

January 12, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A bland, workaday detective flick.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

April 12, 2002

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

September 29, 1995
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I liked the movie without quite being caught up in it: I liked the period, tone and look more than the story, which I never really cared much about.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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While Devil in a Blue Dress never develops the taut momentum of Franklin's previous effort, One False Move, it maintains audience involvement.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Rocchi
Netflix

| Original Score: 4.5/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Totally slick noir throwback.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 27, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Great, grand piece of modern noir, with a unique twist that rethinks the genre even as it honors its finest elements. Great performances all around.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 29, 2005
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Entering the main flow of the story relatively late, Don Cheadle steals all his scenes as a live-wire, trigger-happy old buddy of Easy's from Texas, while Sizemore and Mel Winkler, as colorful underworld figures, make strong impressions.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Washington slipped into the role of Easy like it was a suit cut just for him.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

In the aftermath of the Oscars, it now seems clear that Devil in a Blue Dress was one of the best films of 1995.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

June 13, 2008
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

The fascinating bits of racial history that director Carl Franklin has folded into the vibrant milieu of a post-World War II Los Angeles pushes his Devil in a Blue Dress somewhat beyond the usual nostalgia/noir status.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Sheer pleasure.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Production design and acting aside, this film is less than one wants it to be.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 16, 2003
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

While mixing in ample amounts of urban black culture, Washington shows a flair for the traditional '40s detective.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000

Variety
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