The Big Sleep - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Big Sleep Reviews

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.
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.
July 18, 2008
What you remember here are moments.
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
May 20, 2003
It's likely to leave you confused and dissatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 22, 2002
Don't try too hard to follow the story, just get swept away by the mood of the film.
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
January 1, 2000
Fascinating if not necessarily improved edition of Howard Hawks' 1946 detective classic.
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.