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Dark Passage Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
November 18, 2016
The plot is a stretch even in the realm of classic crime melodrama and film noir, not that it's an issue when you have the chemistry of Bogie and Bacall and great use of San Francisco locations.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 28, 2016
Just because Dark Passage is considered the runt of the Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Bacall litter doesn't mean it lacks its own measure of shaggy-dog charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 12, 2011
The structure and character sense of the David Goodis novel are intact, and a full-throttle supporting cast has a ball with meaty parts.
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James Berardinelli
July 12, 2011
The story is involving, the atmosphere is as starkly noir as anything Bogart participated in, and the dynamic between the leads is as conspicuous as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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TIME Magazine
July 12, 2011
This thriller is not quite up to the best Hitchcock, but it does prove that Delmer Daves is a man to watch. And The Dark Passage is a picture to see.

TV Guide
July 12, 2011
An example of how star power can compensate plot, this is the least electric of the Bogart-Bacall pairings; luckily, there's Agnes Moorehead, the screen's best hornet, to intervene whenever the going gets too lackadasical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 12, 2011
An odd, atmospheric 1947 thriller.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
October 4, 2010
Dark Passage isn't a particularly good film - there's a lot of disparate elements that never quite sew themselves together. It's a crazy patchwork made up of different pieces of other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
December 8, 2009
Delmer Daves' paramount noir dreamscape
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 1, 2009
One of the great San Francisco films.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
What starts out as a thriller switches en route into a sagging, psychological drama, but recovers in time to give out with the satisfying gory stuff.
Cole Smithey
September 10, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Douglas Pratt
June 14, 2007
The plot has some admirable twists and turns and Agnes Moorehead, as the villainess, has three wonderfully showy scenes.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
January 28, 2006
Even though bored by the story -- which, because of its sag, you may be -- you can usually enjoy the scenery, which is as good as a travelogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Brilliantly atmospheric.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 25, 2004
Moody noir semi-classic with Bogie and Bacall.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 2, 2004
Maybe not one of the great noirs, but certainly one of the good ones.
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
January 27, 2004
A minor classic in the noir genre.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 5, 2004
Annoying but fun.
Full Review| Original Score: B

May 24, 2003
Bogart's Parry sure is a guy with plenty of trouble and Bacall provides intelligent and gutsy succour, but this competent and interesting thriller just never quite makes it to classic status.
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