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The Big Sleep Reviews

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media
October 4, 2016
Classic noir gem has menace, innuendo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 27, 2016
"I don't like your manners." "I don't like them myself. They're pretty bad... I grieve over them on long winter evenings."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 13, 2014
The Big Sleep is the best scripted, best directed, best acted, and least comprehensible film noir ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 7, 2014
The plot is a bundle of confusions, but who cares? Few films have made cigarettes seem so glamorous. Or had such seductive repartee.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jonathan Romney
Independent (UK)
March 7, 2014
The Big Sleep is as fresh and perverse as ever, and remains one of Hollywood's most entrancingly strange bedtime stories.
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James Agee
TIME Magazine
March 7, 2014
The Big Sleep is wakeful fare for folks who don't care what is going on, or why, so long as the talk is hard and the action harder.
Emanuel Levy
February 6, 2013
Hawks' film noir remains legendary, despite complicated and convoluted plot, due to its star power and chemistry between Bogart and Bacall.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Manny Farber
The New Republic
August 30, 2012
The Big Sleep, though, is witty and sinister, and in an odd way is a realistic portrayal of big-city life with Arabian Nights overtones.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 3, 2011
It's unmissable, irresistible.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 31, 2010
The Big Sleep has the distinction of being without doubt one of the greatest crime films of the Forties, yet also one of the least structurally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
December 24, 2010
Oozing class from start to finish, Howard Hawks' 1946 noir isn't just a Hollywood classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
December 23, 2010
No screen couple, before or since, had as much chemistry as Bogart and Bacall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
December 23, 2010
One of the great pleasures of the silver screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 7, 2010
Try to see the original version, which explains the plot better and has better story telling.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 19, 2009
If anyone ever tries to make the argument that plot is more important than anything else in cinema, this is a great movie to throw in their face.

July 18, 2008
The direction, cinematography, screenplay, brooding score and acting in this movie are all without fault. If you see one film noir movie in your life, make it this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
July 18, 2008
Bogart as Marlowe is compelling in this classic thriller that is complex but triumph of atmospheric cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
July 18, 2008
Brittle Chandler characters have been transferred to the screen with punch by Howard Hawks' production and direction, providing full load of rough, tense action most of the way.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2008
What you remember here are moments.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 9, 2007
Tribes of monkeys doing monkey things, albeit things related to the perforation of the flesh: murder and blood and sweat and sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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