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Pickup on South Street Reviews

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September 1, 2015
Like a spiky romantic comedy got stuck in one of the 1950s' bleakest visions of humanity - and it somehow all works magnificently.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
August 6, 2015
This atmospheric Cold War crime picture is a class act.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Charles Taylor
Village Voice
May 26, 2015
As good as are Widmark, with his proto-Method grin, and Peters, with her tawny, untutored naturalism, this is Thelma Ritter's movie. She transforms what could have been no more than a colorful eccentric to a figure of unshakable dignity.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
May 25, 2015
Samuel Fuller's a master of unpretentious hot-house poetry, and that theoretical contradiction of terms gives one an idea of the irresolvable, elegantly compact flourishes that abound in his films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 25, 2015
Fuller's pugnacious direction and his gutter-up view of city life romanticize both the criminal code of honor and the jangling paranoia of global plots; his hard-edged long takes depict underworld cruelty with reportorial wonder ...
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
December 22, 2014
Cold War anxiety merely heightens the already-combustible fabric of everyday America in Samuel Fuller's two-fisted masterpiece
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 14, 2009
Almost perfect.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 27, 2009
Both Widmark and Peters are superb, but it is Ritter, as the seedy but much-loved Moe, who gives the film its emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
December 1, 2008
Pickup for the most part falls flat on its face and borders on presumably unintended, comedy.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 19, 2008
Definitely one of the best film noir movies I've seen so far.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Sam Fuller, who wrote it and directed, appears to have been more concerned with firing a barrage of sensations than with telling a story to be believed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 9, 2006
Great noir piece with Richard Widmark complementing Samuel Fuller's direction.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Perhaps finally flawed by its overt political assumptions, but the film remains a desperate kind of masterpiece.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
80 minutes of breathless genre fun infused with pure, uninhibited passion.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 6, 2005
Engagingly captures the hysteria over Reds and the underworld scene of the early 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 20, 2004
Along with Shock Corridor (1963), arguably [Fuller's] finest work.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 19, 2004
One of Fuller's most compelling films.
| Original Score: 4/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 3, 2004
The 1953 picture does a nice job capturing the mentality of the Cold War United States.
| Original Score: B
Phil Freeman
culturevulture.net
April 12, 2004
Fuller [took] genuine chances, [creating] moments of power unequaled by many more respectable directors.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 3, 2004
One of Fuller's few studio-financed pictures, this bruising, brutal movie still manages to emanate waves of B-movie street cred at every juncture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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