Touch of Evil Reviews

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March 20, 2019
Citizen Kane may be the more weighty, rounded work, but Touch of Evil is a heap more fun.
October 19, 2017
Made in 1958, it was Orson Welles's last Hollywood film, and in it he makes transcendent use of the American technology his genius throve on; never again would his resources be so rich or his imagination so fiendishly baroque.
July 16, 2015
It is typical of Orson Welles that he takes a B-movie thriller set on the Mexican border and gives it a Shakespearian grandeur.
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.
July 9, 2015
The bravura of the opening sequence of Orson Welles's last Hollywood picture grabs you by the throat.
July 9, 2015
Adapted by Welles from Whit Masterson's pulp thriller Badge of Evil, it had streaks of teen degradation and reefer madness, and the most intense interracial relationship since The Searchers.
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.
March 12, 2013
Having the Touch of Evil envisioned by our most creative filmmaker, is a wondrous gift no movie lover should miss.
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.
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.
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.
June 24, 2006
A sweaty thriller conundrum on character and corruption, justice and the law, worship and betrayal, it plays havoc with moral ambiguities.
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.
April 17, 2001
one of [Welles'] richest and most rewarding pictures
February 13, 2001
Touch of Evil smacks of brilliance but ultimately flounders in it.
January 1, 2000
clearly the work of a genius
January 1, 2000
the camera work and blocking have the coordination of an Olympic pole vaulter
January 1, 2000
[a] dark and extravagant crime drama
January 1, 2000
Touch of Evil may be the sleaziest good movie ever made.
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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