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Touch of Evil Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
April 27, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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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.
Martyn Conterio
CineVue
July 7, 2015
Touch of Evil is one of Orson Welles's greatest achievements on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sarah Cronin
Electric Sheep
July 10, 2015
Touch of Evil deserves to be watched multiple times, not for the story, but to absorb its brilliance and audacity.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
July 9, 2015
Welles made the film that virtually capped a style he had helped create: you could say that the span of film noir started with Citizen Kane and ended with this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 5, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 27, 2010
Welles once fought in a bullring in Spain during his youth. In "Touch of Evil," Welles kills the metaphorical bull.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
It's one of the truly great works of the American cinema, and it shows just what kind of excellence movies are capable of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Touch of Evil (1958) is back in yet another incarnation -- proving that Welles' directorial touch was so sure that there was no way anyone could bollix his work.
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 10, 2015
Like the bomb that's lobbed in the boot of the soft-top car in its opening scene, Touch Of Evil is a film where we can hear the faint sound of ticking in our heads, but don't realise what the problem is before it's far too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
If this is not his greatest film, Touch of Evil certainly is among Welles' most entertaining.
| Original Score: 88/100
Jeremiah Kipp
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
A class act potboiler which still feels fresh and exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
"Touch of Evil" is arguably the best B-grade movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 13, 2001
Truly one of the greatest films ever made...
Full Review | Original Score: A+
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
...as much about moviemaking as it is about storytelling.
| Original Score: 8/10
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