To Have and Have Not Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 15, 2014
In many ways the ultimate Hawks film: clear, direct, and thoroughly brilliant.
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James Agee
TIME Magazine
August 15, 2014
Lauren Bacall has cinema personality to burn, and she burns both ends against an unusually little middle.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 16, 2009
Bogart is in his usual metier, a tough guy who, no less, has the facility of making a dame go for him, instead of he for her. That's where Bacall comes in.
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Phil Hardy
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Bogie and Bacall fell in love while making the film, and their scenes reflect this, giving To Have and Have Not a degree of emotional presence that is unusual in the 'bite on the bullet' world of Hawks.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 29, 2004
The movie is entertaining in its own right, and representative of the era in which it was produced, but, aside from the legendary interaction between Bogart and Lauren Bacall, there are only moderate reasons to recommend the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
January 10, 2004
The scenes between Bogart and Bacall are so dazzlingly about attraction and sex that they encapsulate the whole magic of movies.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
As the hard-boiled professional fisherman who gives his ample ingenuity to a cause, Mr. Bogart is almost as impressive as he was as Rick, the Casablanca host.