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Devil in a Blue Dress Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 24, 2011
Stylish neo-noir.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
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.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.
Emanuel Levy
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
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Sheer pleasure.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
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
Michael Dequina
January 13, 2004
A very complex and engrossing mystery, filled with wonderful period details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 10, 2003
...a throwback to the gumshoe tales of the thirties and forties.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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
Dragan Antulov
November 18, 2002
Another fine example of modern film noir.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 30, 2002
Smooth and stylish mystery drama.
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
A fluid, persuasive piece of movie-making graced with the considerable visual sophistication.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
Totally slick noir throwback.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
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
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
A bland, workaday detective flick.
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