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Dark Streets Reviews

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
October 9, 2009
A flimsy blues-oriented Moulin Rouge with a touch of Chinatown-style public corruption thrown in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 31, 2009
Looks great and sound great, but it doesn't have enough heart and soul and, ultimately, seems too artsy-fartsy while leaving feeling cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 30, 2008
There's nothing worse than a soft-boiled noir. Dashiell Hammett this is not.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 30, 2008
The cast of lightweights come off as kids playing dress-up in their parents' old clothes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 22, 2008
An unwieldy combination of film noir and film musical, Dark Streets doesn't manage to be effective on either level.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 16, 2008
A film noir musical fantasy that falls flat due to a weak screenplay.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 16, 2008
A poetic, rambunctious film that shows no matter how much we see, we never see, and no matter how much things change, the more they stay the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
December 15, 2008
The roster of R&B artists heard on the soundtrack is impressive; the movie is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
December 14, 2008
Sophisticated elements rise above this murk - Toledo as the MC and music that is a serious contribution to the blues repertory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Travis Nichols
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 12, 2008
It's atmospheric like a steaming pile.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
December 12, 2008
Dark Streets has atmosphere coming out its ears, but not much going on between them.
| Original Score: 2/5
M.E. Russell
Oregonian
December 12, 2008
The script is just all kinds of terrible.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 12, 2008
I love musicals, but I'd be hard-pressed to recommend this curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
December 12, 2008
If only I cared.
| Original Score: 2/4
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
December 12, 2008
A collection of 1950s B-movie mannerisms that would have made for a great parody if only it were capable of laughing at its own hard-boiled absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 12, 2008
According to its press kit, this is 'an atmospheric film noir musical fantasy,' 'a noir fever dream' and a 'blues-infused noir mystery.' If you suspect those are code words for 'pointless hooey,' you're right.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christopher Borrelli
Chicago Tribune
December 12, 2008
Dark Streets lost me early, real early, like still-adjusting-my-eyes-in-a-dark-theater early: Welcome to the blues, growls the entertainer with the mohawk and the full-length ringmaster gown.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
December 12, 2008
...an inventively made noir with a terrific sound track of 12 original songs. This might not be for everyone, but if you like noir it's one that shouldn't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 12, 2008
Viewers willing to give themselves to the serious playfulness and visuals will find their share of rewards in 'Dark Streets.'
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 12, 2008
Time for a moratorium on film noir attempts.
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