The Big Sleep - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Big Sleep Reviews

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October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
May 20, 2003
It's likely to leave you confused and dissatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 6, 2018
The development is solid... with the almost constant presence of an ironic Humphrey Bogart, perfectly aware of his fullness as an actor. [Full review in Spanish]
December 14, 2017
The Big Sleep remains one of the greatest film noirs ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
February 22, 2017
The plethora of killings now seems on the whole less horrific than it once did, while the film's tone of escalating absurdity in a genuinely dark world grows if anything even more sprightly as the years go by.
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.
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.
December 23, 2010
One of the great pleasures of the silver screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 26, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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
December 15, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
June 28, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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.
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
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
November 18, 2005
Wide awake amid the smoke and mirrors.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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