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The Docks of New York Reviews

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September 19, 2014
The film's romantic fatalism is compelling, and von Sternberg creates some stunning imagery out of his lowlife settings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 19, 2014
Josef von Sternberg enjoys a challenge, so he pulls into Borzage's waterfront to suppress and heighten emotionalism with sang-froid deadpans.
February 27, 2013
Sternberg suppresses direct emotional appeal to concentrate on something infinitely fine: a series of minute, discrete moral discoveries and philosophical realignments among his characters.
September 4, 2010
... a turn-of-the-century bowery answer to Sunrise, with a romantic idealism fighting its way out of hard-scrabble lives and resigned characters of the waterfront culture.
August 28, 2010
visually evocative and narratively intriguing, such that even its generally terrible ending can't quite undermine the overall sense that you have just seen something profoundly of its time and ahead of it
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2010
In a way lost to contemporary social-work movies, von Sternberg's unsentimental poetic realism ennobles his lower-class protagonists through beauty. Classic.
February 27, 2009
Von Sternberg is a director of situations, not of suspense -- it is his mastery of the subtle eye-line interplay of silent cinema, his command of mise-en-scene and mood, that makes the love between these characters credible.
February 20, 2009
In other hands, this could have been a pretty ordinary dimestore romance, but Sternberg gives it depth and, as a result, greatness.
October 16, 2007
It fulfills their requirements, somewhat obscure to this reviewer, of rhythm, plasticity and unity. In simpler and more popular terms, it seems to be exceptionally good motion picture entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 16, 2007
The Docks of New York is really a director's and cinematographer's picture if ever there was one and on that account it's nothing less than masterly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 16, 2007
It's a corking program picture, thanks to George Bancroft, a good story and Julian Johnson's titles.
May 24, 2007
Seedy waterfront silent melodrama that sizzles with a smoky atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 3, 2003
Ravishing mood and atmosphere, sensual photography
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