The Blue Gardenia Reviews

November 4, 2020
As a piece of film noir, I find quite compelling its crime chronicle of jealousy, amnesia and murder. [Full review in Spanish]
October 31, 2019
A routine mystery drama.
February 25, 2013
The weakness in this case clearly lies in a script by Charles Hoffman, which is hackneyed and tedious from beginning to end.
Top Critic
February 25, 2013
The somewhat wilted plot manages to take on an unaccustomed bloom in Fritz Lang's direction and the acting of an adept cast.
February 25, 2013
This is one of Fritz Lang's weaker efforts in film noir, although his great visual style is evident in every scene.
July 6, 2010
A stock story and handling keep The Blue Gardenia from being anything more than a regulation mystery melodrama.
May 5, 2010
Fritz Lang on a shoestring, photographing Los Angeles with Buuelian speed and strangeness
July 22, 2006
Made the same year as The Big Heat, Fritz Lang's lesser-known The Blue Gardenia plays just as well.
February 9, 2006
Relatively minor but still gripping film noir.
August 13, 2005
Emotionally involving thriller, directed with inventivess
November 24, 2004
October 15, 2004
Never has a chance to bloom.
May 24, 2003
Lang's edgy direction and long tracking shots emphasize the characters' sense of entrapment in circumstances and drives the action towards its compelling conclusion.
February 28, 2002
Rent it as an example of a film noir that strayed from the formula, not as a really great film.
July 3, 2001
Lang manages to make Blue Gardenia his own, and he does so not by transcending the banality of the material but by giving this banality a thematic (dare I say, philosophical) significance.
January 1, 2000
[A] little-seen thriller from Fritz Lang's rich and strange late period.