Sweet Smell of Success - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Sweet Smell of Success Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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).
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 21, 2009
Mackendrick's nighthawk landscape is compellingly, poetically bleak.
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 22, 2008
James Hill's production, locationed in Manhattan, captures the feel of Broadway and environs after dark.
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Chris Auty
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The screen was rarely so dark or cruel.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 16, 2002
A lean, mean amorality tale that still goes down like a cookie laced with arsenic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 18, 2002
The main incentive to see this movie is its witty, pungent and idiomatic dialogue, such as you never hear on the screen anymore in this age of special-effects illiteracy.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 15, 2002
Its pleasures are almost obscenely abundant.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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