Touch of Evil Reviews

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August 23, 2020
The desperation and anxiety are extreme, mitigated by weak minds and aided by an inexplicable ally.
August 12, 2020
Enough to prove the innate genius of Orson Welles and the way a man who had been living in Europe could come home and suddenly pick up on American truths hardly grasped by most Americans.
March 20, 2019
Citizen Kane may be the more weighty, rounded work, but Touch of Evil is a heap more fun.
March 20, 2019
What a film this is.
November 11, 2018
... a wild masterpiece, a sleazy, grimy, jittery, and ultimately dazzling work of cinematic magic.
November 8, 2018
Welles manufactures another of his masterly treatises on the power of light and shade - Touch of Evil is as gothic and expressive as any Murnau picture.
August 28, 2018
Touch of Evil is one of Welles' most entertaining movies, and probably his sleaziest.
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 10, 2015
Touch of Evil deserves to be watched multiple times, not for the story, but to absorb its brilliance and audacity.
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.
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.
July 7, 2015
Touch of Evil is one of Orson Welles's greatest achievements on film.
June 6, 2014
Inspired in part by the McCarthy hearings, the movie has lost none of its timeliness: The morality of surveillance technology is among its many themes.
April 18, 2014
This dazzling cinematic achievement has the rare good fortune of being one of those films that somehow seems to improve with each subsequent viewing -- the highest compliment indeed, given that it only takes one showing to evaluate its substantial worth.
March 12, 2013
A baroque masterpiece -- dark, complex, perverse, riveting.
March 12, 2013
Justly celebrated for its opening crane-tracking shot, Touch Of Evil is proof of Welles' prodigious film-making talents.
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.
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