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Force of Evil Reviews

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Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 12, 2004
One of the major themed films of the '40s.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 9, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
Top notch Garfield vehicle
| Original Score: 5/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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.
Emanuel Levy
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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

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
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