Sweet Smell of Success - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Sweet Smell of Success Reviews

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
April 9, 2015
New York never looked as thrillingly sordid as it does in this scabrous masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
December 2, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] Here lies the defective foundation of the American Dream as viewed from an implicitly American viewpoint - Bert Lancaster's company produced the film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
A meandering drama about the lure of success and the ignominious aggression of defeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
March 7, 2011
It all begins with the title. The irony aside, its lightness and alliteration suggest the last breaths of one of the film's victims.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
February 26, 2011
... one of the most lacerating and vicious visions of the predatory urban world in the American cinema...
Top Critic

TIME Magazine
April 21, 2009
Sweet Smell, which could have been offal, is raised to considerable dramatic heights by intense acting, taut direction (by Alexander Mackendrick), [and] superb camera work (by James Wong Howe).

April 21, 2009
A masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 21, 2009
The film is a masterpiece, intelligent Hollywood cinema at its best.
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 21, 2009
Mackendrick's nighthawk landscape is compellingly, poetically bleak.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Masterful direction and cinematography are shown off in this restored version, with Bernstein's apt jazzy score nailing all the right notes.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
July 22, 2008
James Hill's production, locationed in Manhattan, captures the feel of Broadway and environs after dark.
Steve Crum
February 23, 2008
Engaging, at times vicious drama w/Lancaster as acidic gossip monger, Curtis fine as wimpy sidekick.
| Original Score: 5/5
Colin Kennedy
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
With some of the sharpest dialogue ever cut in Hollywood, only on the most superficial level is this a movie about gossip and publicity. We're talking show business. We're talking America. We're talking cast-iron classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Chris Auty
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The screen was rarely so dark or cruel.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 11, 2005
A cruelly cynical take on the seamy side of New York City's swinging nightclub life.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
September 20, 2003
It's about hype and, although it was made decades before the word was coined, it still has eye-opening things to convey about the slippery business of celebrity journalism. Such is the value of first-hand experience.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 7, 2003
Sizzling dialogue, incendiary performances.
| Original Score: 5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 21, 2003
Excellent drama containing one of Tony Curtis' greatest performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 17, 2002
A true classic. Lancaster at top form, Curtis is great as his toady. A cynical masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 16, 2002
Lancaster is monumental.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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