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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
December 22, 2014
Cold War anxiety merely heightens the already-combustible fabric of everyday America in Samuel Fuller's two-fisted masterpiece
Cole Smithey
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
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+
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
June 18, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 11, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Rick J. Thompson
Senses of Cinema
October 2, 2002
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