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The Big Sleep Reviews

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Steve Crum
May 9, 2007
True classic Bogie and Bacall, even though plot is way out puzzling in many ways.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 27, 2006
One of the most intriguing, energetic and playful film noirs ever.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This is arguably the high-water mark of Hollywood's love affair with the infinitely slippery possibilities of the English language.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 10, 2006
It matters not that even the writers (including William Faulkner) weren't sure who shot whom in Hawks' rousing adaptation of the Raymond Chandler detective novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2006
There's little else I can add about this proto-noir, one of the archetypes of the genre and a showstopper for Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, who spar through a catty romance while dancing through a taut mystery.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 18, 2005
Wide awake amid the smoke and mirrors.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 1, 2005
A trama extremamente complexa é uma mera desculpa para os diálogos perfeitos e para a presença sempre intensa de Bogart.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 3, 2003
The dialogue is hard-boiled and crackles with wit, the plot is fast-paced and nearly impenetrable, and Humphrey Bogart is coolly unflappable in Howard Hawkes’s stylish noir classic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's likely to leave you confused and dissatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
Good, but incredibly muddled version of the Chandler novel.
| Original Score: 4/5
Carlo Cavagna
April 20, 2002
Bogart and Bacall are so good together that the story's impenetrability doesn't matter much, as long as it keeps serving up suspenseful situations and sassy dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
This movie was among the most fun movies I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Eric Brace
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
Don't try too hard to follow the story, just get swept away by the mood of the film.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2001, witty, and exciting. It may not make a lot of sense, but it's got layers of mood and ambience.
| Original Score: 9/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is typical of this most puzzling of films that no one agrees even on why it is so puzzling. Yet that has never affected The Big Sleep's enduring popularity, because the movie is about the process of a criminal investigation, not its results.
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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
Fascinating if not necessarily improved edition of Howard Hawks' 1946 detective classic.

Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
A first-rate thriller.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A movie that every film student should study and every movie lover should watch at least once.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
One of the greatest detective films to come out of Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
The Big Sleep (1946) is one of Raymond Chandler's best hard-boiled detective mysteries transformed into a film noir, private detective film classic
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