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Force of Evil Reviews

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Dan Jardine
January 9, 2015
The film cleverly uses illicit numbers running as a metaphor for unethical business practices in post-war America
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 22, 2012
Force of Evil is a masterpiece, usually lumped in with films noir of the period, but unique.
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
August 8, 2006
For all its unpleasant nature, it must be said that this film is a dynamic crime-and-punishment drama, brilliantly and broadly realized.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 12, 2004
One of the major themed films of the '40s.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
Top notch Garfield vehicle
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 9, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
At its best, Force achieves a style at once brutal and poetic, documentarian and noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
June 7, 2003
A gripping thriller with a terrific performance by Garfield. It seems only the good peformers and directors got blacklisted (in this case Garfield and Polonsky).
| Original Score: 5/5
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A poetic, terse, beautifully exact, and highly personal re-creation of the American underworld, with an unpunctuated Joycean screenplay by Polonsky that is perhaps unique in the American cinema.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
A thinly-veiled outright damnation of capitalism and its merger-heavy practices. Heavy-handed but quite intriguing and poetic.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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