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Dark Streets Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 12, 2008
...an interesting and ambitious movie that succeeds in a small way as spectacle but fails as drama
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 11, 2008
It's a lovingly souped-up incarnation of the film-noir look, contains well-staged and performed musical numbers, and has a lot of cigarettes, tough tootsies, bad guys and shadows. What it doesn't have is a story that pulls us along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
October 9, 2009
A flimsy blues-oriented Moulin Rouge with a touch of Chinatown-style public corruption thrown in.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
December 11, 2008
So obsessed with mimicry it's practically a tribute band of a movie.
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
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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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 7, 2008
Dark Streets may only be a quasi-noir and quasi-musical, but that doesn't stop it from being a wholesale slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Travis Nichols
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 12, 2008
It's atmospheric like a steaming pile.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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+
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
December 11, 2008
So leaden and obvious it doesn't even work as camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
December 12, 2008
It's like a high school play version of noir with musical numbers written by the drama teacher. In the end, these streets aren't nearly dark enough.
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
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
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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
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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.
Read More | 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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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 11, 2008
This charmless fantasy tries to recapture the mix of hot jazz and cold cynicism that lit up Chicago, adding a dash of punk for good measure
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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