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Human Desire Reviews

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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.
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Variety Staff
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 10, 2001
A gripping melodrama.