The Big Sleep Reviews

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August 3, 2020
Just when a few solutions are offered up, further conundrums arise, as if fate dictates that Marlowe can never really be finished with a case.
October 22, 2019
For all the untidiness of its plot, The Big Sleep is, however, an enjoyable melodrama, exciting most of the time and comic when it chooses to be.
July 22, 2019
There has probably never been so much plot in a film -- but it doesn't seem to matter. It, all looks very exciting, and if you follow half of it you'll get through.
July 22, 2019
It is a fast-moving drama, knee-deep in corpses, as tough as they come. It is rather'difficult to keep track of who is murdering whom and why, but there is not time to worry about such details with so many bullets flying around.
July 22, 2019
It is brilliantly directed and photographed. It moves with breathless speed. The acting is admirable. The dialogue (Raymond Chandler and William Faulkner are among those credited) is of an unusually high level of humour and crispness.
February 13, 2019
...seriously, does anyone care how the chauffeur died?
December 29, 2018
To watch The Big Sleep is to witness a distinctly American film genre at the heights of its power, nonsensical plot notwithstanding.
December 21, 2018
"I don't like your manners." "I don't like them myself. They're pretty bad... I grieve over them on long winter evenings."
December 16, 2018
The plot's complexity and slow unravelling of its subject matter of exploitation, blackmail and murder, make it the obvious precursor to some of the great, modern noir dramas.
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.
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.
October 4, 2016
Classic noir gem has menace, innuendo.
August 13, 2014
The Big Sleep is the best scripted, best directed, best acted, and least comprehensible film noir ever made.
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.
March 7, 2014
The Big Sleep is as fresh and perverse as ever, and remains one of Hollywood's most entrancingly strange bedtime stories.
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.
February 6, 2013
Hawks' film noir remains legendary, despite complicated and convoluted plot, due to its star power and chemistry between Bogart and Bacall.
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.
January 3, 2011
It's unmissable, irresistible.
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