Double Indemnity Reviews

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October 14, 2020
With its genre-defining moves and censor-baiting story, Double Indemnity is a momentous moment in Hollywood that we take for granted.
August 5, 2020
It also excels in the scripting (by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler), with each word a purposeful, meaningful barrage of quick-witted resourcefulness.
July 13, 2020
...Double Indemnity set the standard for film noir...
September 17, 2019
A tremendous drama, of fantastic proportions even in its vulgarity. [Full review in Spanish]
August 19, 2019
Mean streets and dark nights.
January 25, 2019
Filmmaker Billy Wilder has infused Double Indemnity with an agreeably hard-boiled vibe that's reflected in everything from the performances to the visuals to the dialogue...
February 20, 2018
Dialogue so hard boiled that you could use it to drive railroad spikes.
January 3, 2018
This shrewd, smoothly tawdry thriller, directed by Billy Wilder, is one of the high points of nineteen-forties films.
July 14, 2015
Variations and tributes can't blunt the sting of Wilder's acidic noir benchmark
January 20, 2015
Film noir is the most intoxicating of Hollywood cocktails, and none is more potent than Double Indemnity.
July 29, 2014
This expert night of the Hollywood soul is such a genre axiom it practically scans like a mid-'40s shopper's catalogue for noiristes ...
June 6, 2014
The quintessential film noir -- acid and snappy, and shockingly cold-blooded.
April 18, 2014
Quite possibly the most perfect example of film noir to emerge from Hollywood during that genre's reign.
Top Critic
March 7, 2014
Double Indemnity is the season's nattiest, nastiest, most satisfying melodrama.
March 7, 2014
Even though you already know it isn't going to end well, it's suffused with a clammy-handed anxiety that belies its age. The dialogue, too, is classic Wilder -- almost poetic in its snappy, purple lyricism.
March 7, 2014
This classic thriller from director Billy Wilder is one of the best-loved examples of film noir ever made.
August 29, 2012
The picture never fully takes hold of its opportunities, such as they are, perhaps because those opportunities are appreciated chiefly as surfaces and atmospheres and as very tellable trash.
December 14, 2010
Dark, dialogue-heavy classic of grim suspense.
July 15, 2010
The perfect material for Wilder to remake himself as Hollywood's dark jester for decades.
April 12, 2009
Edward G. Robinson stars as MacMurray's associate, but it's Barbara Stanwyck that rules the roost as one of cinema's most diabolical femme fatals.
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