Sweet Smell of Success Reviews

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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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 6, 2002

| Original Score: 4/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

One of those rare films where you remember the names of the characters because you remember them -- as people, as types, as benchmarks.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 7, 2003

Sizzling dialogue, incendiary performances.

| Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002

Lancaster-Curtis saga of Manhattan's amoral media has spark and a wicked bite.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 21, 2002

Loose, sleazy, brilliant and hyper-cool.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
July 22, 2008

James Hill's production, locationed in Manhattan, captures the feel of Broadway and environs after dark.

Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000

Cruel and unflinching, this movie is partially responsible for bringing Winchell's career down. Excellent cinematography, acting, dialogue, and scoring -- a must see.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2003

| Original Score: 5/5
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
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002

Its script posses some of the sharpest dialogue ever written, and even if it's not exactly naturalistic, it's stylized in the best sense.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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+
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
February 26, 2011

... one of the most lacerating and vicious visions of the predatory urban world in the American cinema...

A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
March 15, 2002

Its pleasures are almost obscenely abundant.

Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 22, 2005

| Original Score: 5/5
Hank Sartin
Time Out
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

Full Review | 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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