The first two thirds are a lot of fun and a showcase for Robert Downey Jr.'s immense talents.
| Original Score: 71/100
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
A flawed yet mesmerizing adaptation of the 1986 BBC mini-series.
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
[Downey's] portrayal is engaging, witty and affecting -- and so is the film.
| Original Score: 8/10
Downey spits nails as the pain-ridden Dark, and masters the Raymond Chandler-esque dialogue and mannerisms of Dark's pulp creation.
I would rather sit through mountains of creative plot shenanigans as peppered through this movie than watch yet another drone sequel.
| Original Score: 7/10
Watching Robert Downey Jr. perform is one of the great pleasures of going to the movies today.
| Original Score: 3/5
When I saw it at Sundance, my attention was divided because I was trying to process the meaning of the jagged structure. Seeing it again a week ago, knowing what to expect, I found it a more moving experience.
Robert Downey Jr. goes into Johnny Depp territory with a great performance that is at once antic and next turning on the tears with ease.
| Original Score: 3.25/4
Whenever the movie seems about to say something profound, it backs off and goes in another direction. The movie winds up as a tantalizing but incomplete experience.
It stands completely on Downey's tragi-comic performance, although the rest of the cast -- particularly Penn and Gibson -- do good work as well.
| Original Score: B
Even with its faults, Gordon's The Singing Detective will haunt the darkest corners of your mind long after the curtain falls.
| Original Score: 7/10
A brow-furrowing exercise in keeping up with the Darks, punctuated by random and alarming seediness and mysterious characters. Afterward, you appreciate its subtler charms.
Just sit back and let the silliness wash over you.