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Out of the Past Reviews

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Christopher Null
January 27, 2004
A little too brooding and stylish for its own good, if you ask me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Don Macpherson
Time Out
January 26, 2006
All these B movie poets were under contract to RKO in the winter of 1946, and produced the best movie of everyone involved -- once seen, never forgotten.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 20, 2006
One of the greatest of all film noirs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 7, 2014
Each change of angle and shift of light evokes an inner disturbance; the actors seem to push through the dense shadow as through water, revealing fast people in slow motion ...
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 7, 2015
Essential viewing for the noir fan and the kind of movie that could make a neutral third party into a noir fan in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Cole Smithey
February 11, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] One of the best-loved '40s era contributions to the film noir genre, Director Jacques Tourneur's "Out of the Past" (1947) is a definitive model.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 5, 2004
Jacques Tourneur directed one of the all-time greatest film noirs with Out of the Past, which also gave Robert Mitchum one of his two greatest roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
April 18, 2007
Direction by Jacques Tourneur pays close attention to mood development, achieving realistic flavor that is further emphasized by real life settings and topnotch lensing by Nicholas Musuraca.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 1, 2004
Mitchum's sad-eyed countenance is perfect for the world-weary, dead-eyed defeatist he plays.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 27, 2005
The first starring role for Robert Mitchum (both John Garfield and Dick Powell turned down the part) is a beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 14, 2015
In a genre full of desperate characters scrambling and plotting to grab their slice of the American dream, Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past (1947) is a hard-boiled tale of betrayal with an unusually haunting quality.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Cinematic perfection, a Hollywood classic that's as great and as enjoyable as its reputation has promised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 16, 2011
Few films noir were better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 9, 2007
Beautiful thriller, with haunting direction.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 3, 2006
An irresistible blend of postwar fatalism, hard-boiled dialogue, dangerous sex and luscious black-and-whites ... the slouching, sleepy-eyed Mitchum is arguably the consummate noir hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
May 2, 2010
Out of the Past should be considered a prototypical example of how to do noir the right way--shadowy corners, double crossings aplenty, a luscious femme fatale, and, of course, murders.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 23, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5

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