Devil in a Blue Dress - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Devil in a Blue Dress Reviews

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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A hoary Chinatown knock-off wrapped in a seductively novel black-culture veneer, with a dash of Laura added for bad measure.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
August 4, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 12, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
A bland, workaday detective flick.
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Entertainment Weekly
September 29, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: C
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 18, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I liked the movie without quite being caught up in it: I liked the period, tone and look more than the story, which I never really cared much about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
While Devil in a Blue Dress never develops the taut momentum of Franklin's previous effort, One False Move, it maintains audience involvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
Totally slick noir throwback.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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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.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Washington slipped into the role of Easy like it was a suit cut just for him.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
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.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
The fascinating bits of racial history that director Carl Franklin has folded into the vibrant milieu of a post-World War II Los Angeles pushes his Devil in a Blue Dress somewhat beyond the usual nostalgia/noir status.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Sheer pleasure.
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
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
While mixing in ample amounts of urban black culture, Washington shows a flair for the traditional '40s detective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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