1949, Crime/Drama, 1h 23m25 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings
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Critic Reviews for D.O.A.
Mate's direction of the first portion of the story lingers too long over it, spreading the expectancy very thin, but when he does launch his suspense-building it comes over with a solid wallop.March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Rudolph Mat's seminal thriller rapidly decomposes into a campy, confusing bore.May 1, 2006 | Full Review…
Incidental pleasures include a bevy of suspiciously beautiful women... the wide lapels and fedoras favored by the heavies, and the ''in'' talk of the period, featuring words like ''hip,'' ''jive'' and ''kicks.''March 25, 2006 | Full Review…
Mat shoots fast and always to the point as he drives his protagonist through endless doorways and rooms which are like trapdoors and boxes in an accelerating nightmare.January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Quote not available.October 3, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
Quote not available.June 13, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for D.O.A.
Dec 08, 2020There are some cringeworthy moments in this noir. For instance, there's a sequence where the protagonist sees multiple attractive women at a party and we hear the corniest wolf-whistles. In another scene, the acting with Edmund O'Brien and Pamela Britton, when they proclaim their love for one another has to be the worst over-the-top performances ever seen. But, overlook the blemishes. The premise is great and the ending won't cheat you.Aldo G Super Reviewer
Aug 27, 20181950, when this noir was made, was a long time ago (nearly 70 years as of this writing). The wolf whistles played whenever a pretty woman's onscreen (which I first suspected were included after the fact of the filming by some internet prankster), Neville Brand's over-the-top "I'm a craaa-zzzzy psycho" routine, much here seems dated now, but the suspense of watching a dead man search for his killer still packs a wallop. And makes for a good movie experience.Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
Jun 27, 2013"I want to report a murder." "Who was murdered?" "I was." One of the great "grabber" openings in movie history doesn't disappoint, leading to a tense and fatalistic noir about a poisoned accountant searching for his own killer.Greg S Super Reviewer
Nov 29, 2012Age has done a real number on it, but "D.O.A." still stands as one of the great B noirs. Edmond O'Brien is pitch-perfect as Frank Bigelow, a man put up to the dubious task of solving his own murder. The plot is expertly messy and unravels in a fun yet ingenious way and the acting is top-notch. Even if it isn't pretty to look at it, "D.O.A." is solid entertainment.Stephen E Super Reviewer
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