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The Asphalt Jungle Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 5, 2016
This is among the most generally influential American films of the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Emanuel Levy
April 29, 2007
One of the first films to depict crime from the POV of the deviants rather than the police, this seminal film (arguably Huston's best) had a huge influence on the genre, manifest in the early work of Kubrick--and decades later Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs
Full Review | Original Score: A
Paul Arendt
November 11, 2006
This tale of a jewel theft gone wrong is notable for its gritty procedural detail and an emphasis on the inner lives of the small time crooks, expertly played by Sterling Hayden and Sam Jaffe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Pulver
November 4, 2006
One of The Asphalt Jungle's strengths is that the crims seem about as thick as you suspect they would be in real life: no Cruise or Clooney-style braniac super-athletes here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
John Huston's greatest noir thriller.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
A preeminent example of tough-guy cinema.
Scott Weinberg
April 6, 2005
Rogue's Gallery noir classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 16, 2004
High-end noir in a low-end world.
| Original Score: A
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Noirish Huston classic with great story, cast.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 21, 2004
One of the first caper films told from the criminal's viewpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 20, 2004
Huston concentrates mostly on the film's performances, but like The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, he uses space, shadow and a very clever mise-en-scene to physically illustrate the film's themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 14, 2003
Among John Huston's most overrated works, only partially redeemed by Jaffe's brilliance and Marilyn's cameo.
| Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Often copied but never equaled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 27, 2003
They don't get more noir than this.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Solid, entertaining film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) is a naturalistic film noir crime film classic of the early 1950s from director John Huston
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Huston at his best
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Dragan Antulov
January 1, 2000
Huston as director is in his prime, utilising the script and the acting talent to their fullest.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
May 3, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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