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The Docks of New York Reviews

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times
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
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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.
Fernando F. Croce
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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.
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Variety Staff
October 16, 2007
It's a corking program picture, thanks to George Bancroft, a good story and Julian Johnson's titles.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 24, 2007
Seedy waterfront silent melodrama that sizzles with a smoky atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
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.
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Glenn Collins
New York Times
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
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
George Wu
December 3, 2003
Ravishing mood and atmosphere, sensual photography
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.

TV Guide
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
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