Touch of Evil - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Touch of Evil Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
April 17, 2008
When druggies stash Leigh in a hotel room and throw a party, the movie threatens to turn into Reefer Madness, albeit with the visual panache of Citizen Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Film4
April 7, 2008
It is a testament to Welles' genius that he was able to turn a piece of pulp literature into such a disturbing, sophisticated and, above all, entertaining study of depravity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
May 6, 2007
One of Welles masterpieces (his first American film in years), this noir thriller of drugs and corruption served as reminder to Hollywood what a brilliant artist he was, using film as vibrant form in its own right, not as extension of drama or literature
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly
April 30, 2007
...Welles' baroque border-town murder mystery is a wild masterpiece, a sleazy, grimy, jittery, and ultimately dazzling work of cinematic magic.
J.D. Lafrance
Film Threat
April 6, 2007
A cinematic masterpiece and arguably the last great film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
April 6, 2007
I first saw it when I was 14 and thought it was one of the worst pictures ever -- garish, oppressive, and appallingly overacted. Grown up, I'd go with those same adjectives, except now I think it's one of the best.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A sweaty thriller conundrum on character and corruption, justice and the law, worship and betrayal, it plays havoc with moral ambiguities.
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Howard Thompson
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Where Mr. Welles soundly succeeds is in generating enough sinister electricity for three such yarns and in generally staging it like a wild, murky nightmare.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Dark, sinister and not altogether comprehensible, this is nonetheless an intriguing study of the art of filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3/4
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
October 11, 2002
...embodies everything that is so exhilarating and maddening about Welles. Both inspired and confused, Touch of Evil is the work of a master who cannot quite give life on screen to what he imagines in his head.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
This tale of the narcotics underworld along the U.S.-Mexican border packs a terrific punch that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Um estudo extremamente interessante sobre o caráter de um homem que, para agir de acordo com os seus princípios, não via mal algum em infringi-los.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Welles' outlandish visual talent is on full display as he puts noir movie conventions through the wringer and creates one of the most terrifyingly seedy yet utterly compelling films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Wood
BBC.com
April 17, 2001
one of [Welles'] richest and most rewarding pictures
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 13, 2001
Truly one of the greatest films ever made...
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 13, 2001
Touch of Evil smacks of brilliance but ultimately flounders in it.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
One of a few monumental 1950s swan songs marking the end of the great epoch of traditional studio filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
It's a flurry of pressure-cooker baroque, an extreme example of the exhibitionistic hijinks in which Welles could sometimes indulge, apparently intensified here because he wasn't doing what he really wanted to be doing.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Touch of Evil may be the sleaziest good movie ever made.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The film has always been a favorite of those who enjoy visual and dramatic flamboyance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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