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Shanghai Express Reviews

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July 22, 2012
The third teaming of Josef von Sternberg and Dietrich is one of their best and most commercial films--the only one nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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February 2, 2011
Shanghai Express is a picture of the new school, and when Marlene Dietrich promises Warner Oland to visit him at his castle if he will refrain from destroying Clive Brook's eyesight with a red hot poker, you will not find the situation banal.
June 6, 2008
The finished product is an example of what can be done with a personality and photogenic face such as Marlene Dietrich possesses to circumvent a trashy story.
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June 24, 2006
The bizarre stop-go cadences of the dialogue delivery are the most blatantly non-naturalistic element, but the overall design and dramatic pacing are equally extraordinary.
January 28, 2006
It is by all odds the best picture Josef von Sternberg has directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 27, 2005
This is one of seven vehicles where Dietrich and Sternberg teamed-up together, and it's one of their most pleasing.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 24, 2003
Dietrich illuminates this stylish adventure, and it remains a high point among her many collaborations with director Von Sternberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 21, 2002
By some inexplicable alchemy, everything comes together in a seamless fusion that manages to create a haunting drama of love and faith that is like no other.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
Intriguing and visually atmospheric melodrama with Dietrich doing her sultry thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Although he was working on a sound stage, [Sternberg] makes China seem claustrophobic, dirty and exotic.
January 1, 2000
More action oriented than the other Dietrich-Sternberg films, this 1932 production is nevertheless one of the most elegantly styled.
November 21, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 12, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 24, 2003
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