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.
| Original Score: C
Inventive mess, filled with pock marks.
| Original Score: C+
The first two thirds are a lot of fun and a showcase for Robert Downey Jr.'s immense talents.
| Original Score: 71/100
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
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A flawed yet mesmerizing adaptation of the 1986 BBC mini-series.
Zany comic relief moments hold th film together when you might otherwise be, well, itching to flee the theater.
Perpetually feels as if it were a good idea that was never fully thought through.
| Original Score: 2/5
Viewed purely as its own thing, The Singing Detective is a wonder to look at, centered by a compelling Downey performance
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.
The outstanding ensemble cast goes a long way toward redeeming things.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The film uneasily skims the surface like a stone over water, hitting highlights at random.
| Original Score: 3/5
[Downey's] portrayal is engaging, witty and affecting -- and so is the film.
| Original Score: 8/10
Whether [Potter] condensed his own story so stupidly or others ruined it for him, the results are sadly the same.
The Singing Detective is one of those films that is high in concept, but poor on delivery.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
A real piece of crap by any objective means of judgment.
Downey spits nails as the pain-ridden Dark, and masters the Raymond Chandler-esque dialogue and mannerisms of Dark's pulp creation.