Sunset Boulevard Reviews

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Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
January 22, 2015
Rarely is fiction shot through so glitteringly with real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 4, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] Billy Wilder's deft weaving of gothic elements, not the least of which is Nora's decrepit mansion, casts a spell from which Joe is unable to break free. He, like the audience, is stuck in a terrible place awaiting an equally frightful fate.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Brian Holcomb
CinemaBlend.com
November 8, 2012
One of the great joys of the film is watching the way in which William Holden's naturalistic performance clashes with an actress and performance style from an earlier age.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Manny Farber
The Nation
August 29, 2012
An uncompromising study of American decadence displaying a sad, worn, methodical beauty few films have had since the late twenties.
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 14, 2011
Norma is something of a living legend, but she's also an unaware ghost: no longer of the world in which she thinks she lives.
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A must for fans of ruthless black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tony Macklin
Bright Lights Film Journal
March 9, 2009
Sunset Boulevard's entire point of view is based on a gimmick. Whether one considers it an "artistic cheat" or a valid and audacious device depends up his ability and desire to suspend his disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 8, 2008
Tears away at the curtain that keeps reality away from fiction.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 6, 2008
Dark comedy. Film noir. Tragic romance. Hollywood satire. 'Sunset Boulevard' has it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 29, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 14, 2007
The casting is perfect.
Top Critic
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
August 14, 2007
A tour de force for Swanson and one of Wilder's better efforts.
Top Critic
William Brogdon
Variety
June 28, 2007
...They rate a nod for daring, as well as credit for an all-around filmmaking job that, disregarding the unpleasant subject matter, is a standout.
Colin Kennedy
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
This cold-blooded satire is at once subtle and savage.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
One of Wilder's finest, and certainly the blackest of all Hollywood's scab-scratching accounts of itself.
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 29, 2005
Still the best Hollywood movie ever made about Hollywood.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 4, 2005
Gloria Swanson and William Holden give definitive, Oscar-nominated performances as the fading star and hack writer, respectively, in Bily Wilder's darker than dark comedy about the inner workings of Hollywood at a crucial phase of the industry's change.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
March 26, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 20, 2005
A cynically dark recognition to Hollywood's forgotten stars.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
November 25, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 19, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
December 3, 2003
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