Human Desire Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 27, 2015
A superb, highly polished example of Lang's craft.
Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 15, 2014
Though the action pivots on blackmail and murder, the heart of the movie is a regular guy's struggle with the inner violence of sexual frenzy and the outer violence of war.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
October 15, 2014
Lang's preoccupation with the sights, sounds and symbolism of the railway yards too often leaves the emotions and motives of the characters (formidably played by Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford and Gloria Grahame) stranded in the sidings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 15, 2014
This sordid little tale is not nearly as sensuous or sexual as the French version, nor is it very suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 18, 2009
Unpleasant crime melodrama, but with outstanding photography of trains and working class America.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Fritz Lang, director, goes overboard in his effort to create mood. Long focusing on locomotive speeding and twisting on the rails is neither entertaining nor essential to the plot.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
There isn't a single character in it for whom it builds up the slightest sympathy -- and there isn't a great deal else in it for which you're likely to have the least regard.
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Steve Jenkins
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Lang's version of Zola's La BÍte Humaine is, like all his best '50s work, as cold, hard and steely grey as the railway tracks which here mark out the action.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 30, 2004
Hard-edged and chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Film4
May 24, 2003
It's a torrid affair that results in murder, but Lang has skimped on exploring the depths of their emotional turmoil.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 10, 2001
A gripping melodrama.
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