The Big Combo Reviews

October 14, 2013
Noir wasn't new in 1955, but The Big Combo still found plenty of life within its limits.
October 17, 2009
A pond of shifting alliances and kinks
January 25, 2008
A fatalistic symphony of light and shade.
January 25, 2008
It is done with grim melodramatics that are hard-hitting despite a rambling, not-too-credible plot, and is cut out to order for the meller fan who likes his action rough and raw.
January 25, 2008
Where the usual noir takes place in a nightmare world, this one seems to inhabit a dream: there's no longer fear in the images, but rather a distanced, idealized beauty.
August 9, 2007
Brilliant mix of genuine mystery, film noir, and creative visuals.
August 8, 2006
A sputtering, misguided antique.
May 1, 2006
Shadows and lies are the stars of The Big Combo, a spellbinding black-and-white chiaroscuro with the segmented texture of a spider's web.
February 9, 2006
Terrific gangster movie.
June 19, 2005
June 13, 2005
Strong noir with sadistic flashes
October 17, 2003
August 15, 2001
Conte is convincing as the maniacal hood, while Wilde is a good counter-balance to Conte.