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The Singing Detective Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

The film's colorful song-and-dance set pieces rely on lip-synced '50s songs that are the weakest link in a bumbling but gregarious movie.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

May 9, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Inventive mess, filled with pock marks.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

December 16, 2004
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

The first two thirds are a lot of fun and a showcase for Robert Downey Jr.'s immense talents.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 71/100

August 22, 2004
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

The concept is clever, but the film's parts don't fit well and the main character is one of the least likable you'll find.

| Original Score: D

April 9, 2004
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies

The Singing Detective is like a dream that you are still a little confused by when you wake up. It's not for everyone, but it's a fun ride if you dive in face first.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 7, 2004
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Worth seeing on the basis of its cast alone, although the characters being played are often so impressionistic, even the superstar lineup ends up being a bit distracting.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2004
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Potter's gaze into the man's dark sexual and familial secrets isn't about one man's oppression, but about his self-imposed melodrama.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 17, 2004
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY

A flawed yet mesmerizing adaptation of the 1986 BBC mini-series.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 15, 2004
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

Zany comic relief moments hold th film together when you might otherwise be, well, itching to flee the theater.

December 31, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Perpetually feels as if it were a good idea that was never fully thought through.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

December 7, 2003
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Viewed purely as its own thing, The Singing Detective is a wonder to look at, centered by a compelling Downey performance

Full Review Source: New Times

November 28, 2003
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Catch it to see a major performance by a magnetic actor, but go in with patience and with the realization that the film is something of an interesting failure.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3/4

November 28, 2003
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The outstanding ensemble cast goes a long way toward redeeming things.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 28, 2003
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The film uneasily skims the surface like a stone over water, hitting highlights at random.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

November 26, 2003
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

[Downey's] portrayal is engaging, witty and affecting -- and so is the film.

| Original Score: 8/10

November 26, 2003
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Whether [Potter] condensed his own story so stupidly or others ruined it for him, the results are sadly the same.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 26, 2003
Mark Sells
Film Threat

The Singing Detective is one of those films that is high in concept, but poor on delivery.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 25, 2003
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The songs that are being lip-synched in The Singing Detective are in tune and on key, but very little else is in this nearly unwatchable musical-fantasy, based on the 1986 BBC television miniseries.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 21, 2003
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

A real piece of crap by any objective means of judgment.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

November 21, 2003
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Downey spits nails as the pain-ridden Dark, and masters the Raymond Chandler-esque dialogue and mannerisms of Dark's pulp creation.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2003
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