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Touch of Evil Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2013
Expressionistic in the extreme, filled with shadows, angles and cinematic flourishes, the film raises the usual brooding nightmare ambiance of film noir to a level few other pictures have attempted.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 12, 2013
Having the Touch of Evil envisioned by our most creative filmmaker, is a wondrous gift no movie lover should miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 12, 2013
[Welles'] scenes with brothel-keeper Marlene Dietrich have nothing to do with the plot and everything to do with the rotting heart of this amazing fable: the apotheosis of pulp.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Indeed, just to see and hear the extraordinary 3 minute and 20 second opening sequence -- a fluid tour de force tracking shot -- without impediment of opening credits and street-sound-masking movie score is accomplishment enough.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The film has always been full of reckless energy, and now it is, as they say, better than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Andy Seiler
USA Today
January 1, 2000
[a] dark and extravagant crime drama
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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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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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
the camera work and blocking have the coordination of an Olympic pole vaulter
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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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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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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Touch of Evil is a savvy starter because Welles' astonishing cinematic invention and his persuasive presence as star are prime noir at tractions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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