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Devil in a Blue Dress Reviews

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November 14, 2015
A baker's dozen of books featuring the character of Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins were penned by author Walter Mosley, and it's a shame the box office failure of Devil in a Blue Dress prevented any more mysteries from making the leap from page to screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2011
Stylish neo-noir.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 1, 2009
Invoking social realism more than pulp fiction, Carl Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress is an innovative genre film on several counts.
March 26, 2009
Entering the main flow of the story relatively late, Don Cheadle steals all his scenes as a live-wire, trigger-happy old buddy of Easy's from Texas, while Sizemore and Mel Winkler, as colorful underworld figures, make strong impressions.
June 13, 2008
In the aftermath of the Oscars, it now seems clear that Devil in a Blue Dress was one of the best films of 1995.
June 19, 2006
Carl Franklin's unusually creative studio movie, boasting superlative acting from Denzel Washington and particularly newcomer Don Cheadle, reinvents a genre and a bygone era, in this case, Los Angeles circa 1948.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 26, 2006
Sheer pleasure.
August 29, 2005
Great, grand piece of modern noir, with a unique twist that rethinks the genre even as it honors its finest elements. Great performances all around.
| Original Score: 5/5
January 13, 2004
A very complex and engrossing mystery, filled with wonderful period details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 10, 2003
...a throwback to the gumshoe tales of the thirties and forties.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 16, 2003
Production design and acting aside, this film is less than one wants it to be.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 30, 2003
Monstrously funny and truly scary, Cheadle is handed a scene-stealing role and never hesitates to do it justice.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2003
The role of Easy looks as tailor-made for Mr. Washington as his suit, and it shows off the full effect of this actor's movie-star dazzle.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 18, 2002
Another fine example of modern film noir.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
August 30, 2002
Smooth and stylish mystery drama.
August 15, 2002
A fluid, persuasive piece of movie-making graced with the considerable visual sophistication.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 27, 2002
Totally slick noir throwback.
| Original Score: 4/5
June 18, 2002
The film also does a convincing job of re-creating Los Angeles of 1948 with both specificity and poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2002
The question is not whether the movie will succeed, but whether its success will give TriStar a new film franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 12, 2002
A bland, workaday detective flick.
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