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Clash by Night Reviews

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times
October 15, 2014
What is surprising is that this inexpensive RKO melodrama is from once revered émigré director Fritz Lang, who fails to disguise the inherent dullness of the original material or to mask the obvious studio backdrops and poor matching front projection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Clifford Odets' Clash by Night, presented on Broadway over a decade earlier, reaches the screen in a rather aimless drama of lust and passion.
Christopher Null
June 23, 2005
not terribly creepy or even that moody
| Original Score: 3/5
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
March 25, 2006
It lacks conviction and distinction despite its hard-working principals.
Michael Szymanski
September 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 25, 2005
A moving, nervously effective film.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The performances are stagy but filled with fiery emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 18, 2009
Interesting romantic drama, with vivid location filming in Monterey's fishing community.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 3, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A very Langian picture of the dangerous undercurrents in emotional relationships, excellently acted by the three principals.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 5, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
The Clifford Odets screenplay seems to have roused the realist in director Fritz Lang: the backwater atmosphere is as authentic as it is oppressive.
Emanuel Levy
May 3, 2011
Lang's quintessential film noir offers Barbara Stanwyck a role that fits her like a silk glove
Full Review | Original Score: B+

May 24, 2003
There's much to admire here, not least Stanwyck's complex character and the dark, brooding feeling.

TV Guide
October 15, 2014
A Stanwyck field day, in the kind of role she could do with her eyes closed, but because it's well-directed by Fritz Lang, the actress can let go with the snarls, venom, and wounded savagery we've come to expect and love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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