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Laura Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
February 12, 2016
Laura (1944) is elegance incarnate in a genre known for its hard edge, the sleekest, silkiest noir of all.
Fernando F. Croce
July 15, 2013
A feverish trance wrapped in a deadpan investigation
Matthew Sorrento
Senses of Cinema
March 21, 2013
Preminger deals in facades, with how perception cheats us, right down to the ideal image of Laura as a portrait. (Cinémathèque Annotations on Film)
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Emanuel Levy
April 25, 2012
Masterpiece: with time, Preminger's second film has become richer in texture and deeper, more ambiguous in meaning than most noirs of the 1940s.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 25, 2012
Preminger made darker, more characteristically noir films than this, but his only movie that's as good, or perhaps better, is Anatomy of a Murder.

London Evening Standard
February 24, 2012
Will leave you drunk with delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
February 23, 2012
The dialogue is stinging and the performances to be savoured in a haunting study of romantic obsession that deserves its return to the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
February 23, 2012
Laura is still every bit as gripping in 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sarah Cronin
Electric Sheep
February 23, 2012
A thrilling, absorbing and original example of the genre; it's also beautifully shot, pure escapist entertainment.
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
February 23, 2012
Not only one of Preminger's greatest, but one of the great noirs.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
February 13, 2012
OK, the plot verges on absurdity - but who cares?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 20, 2011
Few movies make you feel dirtier, and so perversely grateful for the pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 16, 2011
This interesting film noir has more working for its final half than in its first.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
February 24, 2010
Expertly paced, gripping, and dripping with sensuality, Otto Preminger's Laura has hardly aged a day.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
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TIME Magazine
April 20, 2009
A highly polished and debonair whodunit.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 29, 2008
O roteiro é, na melhor das hipóteses, medíocre, mas a direção sombria de Preminger, a música-tema e as atuações de Webb e Price transformam este filme em um marco importante do nascente noir.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
December 1, 2007
Great suspense.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2007
Less a crime film than a study in levels of obsession, Laura is one of those classic works that leave their subject matter behind and live on the strength of their seductive style.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 23, 2007
A hypnotic and deathlessly interpretable experience.

October 23, 2007
It is the sleekest of murder mysteries, and ahead of its time -- not least in having a gay suitor for Laura, and possibly two.
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