Bad Day at Black Rock Reviews

July 15, 2019
A tense, marvelous film-noir Western, if there is such a thing, and if not then this movie created the genre.
March 4, 2014
I think it's really great the way it addresses the way small communities and isolated communities close in on themselves to protect ugliness.
March 4, 2014
This was an early CinemaScope film, and William Mellor frames it all beautifully. It's an outstanding thriller.
August 16, 2012
Famous suspense film, with a history lesson and Civil Rights message.
July 29, 2012
Serves as a moralizing Hollywood lecture on racial prejudice against Japanese-Americans during World War II.
September 23, 2010
Fabulous 1955 Spencer Tracy story of prejudice.
May 24, 2010
a portrait of American distrust leading into the potent paranoia of the Cold War
May 19, 2010
John Sturges's macho B-picture is more brawn than brains...but what brawn!
September 5, 2009
Millard Kaufman's dialogue at times sticks to the roof of the mouth, but Sturges' visual construction is minute
March 27, 2009
A nerve-shredding masterpiece.
March 27, 2009
Tracy is at his subdued, thoughtful best, while Ryan perfectly conveys the ignorance behind racial prejudice and Borgnine and Marvin are memorable heavies.
March 27, 2009
An action film for people who don't like action films.
September 9, 2008
Considerable excitement is whipped up in this suspense drama, and fans who go for tight action will find it entirely satisfactory.
August 17, 2006
One of Spencer Tracy's best performances
January 26, 2006
Nicely put together by Sturges, its suspense derives largely from the excellent performances and imaginative use of the 'Scope frame by cameraman William C Mellor.
December 16, 2005
Like High Noon, it's a self-conscious genre picture, a modern version of the traditional Western used to tackle the problem of racism and discrimination against Japanese-Americans.
May 19, 2005
Sturges laces his allegory with mounting tension.
May 15, 2005
...watching this set of actors go at it with each other, with Tracy as the calm center of gravity, is impressive.
May 9, 2005
Bad Day at Black Rock is a tightly knit classic that helps one to admire the continuing power of good movies.
February 17, 2005
Superb, if it weren't, as we said, for the too-obvious liberal teachings that interrupt the terrific ation.