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Five Star Final Reviews

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Top Critic
Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This early entry in the Warner 'social protest' cycle hasn't worn nearly so well as Hecht-Milestone's much less solemn and self-righteous The Front Page.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Edward G. Robinson means a lot to this entertainment.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 18, 2006
Worth seeing mainly for Karloff's colorful performance in a character role.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
June 12, 2006
Despite a great turn by Robinson, the acting nearly sinks this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Darr
Senses of Cinema
June 24, 2006
Five Star Final is perhaps the darkest in the cycle of journalist-themed films produced in Hollywood during the early 1930s.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 28, 2011
A blistering indictment of tabloid journalism and built around one of Edward G. Robinson's most compelling performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
June 24, 2006
This production races along without a desultory instant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 24, 2006
Mervyn LeRoy directed, doing a lot better with the newspaper chatter than with the long stretches of melodrama.
Emanuel Levy
February 21, 2008
Mervyn LeRoy's expose of greedy tabloid journalism was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, but is not as compelling as the similarly-themed The Front Page, though Edward G. Robinson is good.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

June 24, 2006
Thanks to the performances, especially Robinson as the tabloid editor and Marsh as the victim, the film is still engrossing.

TV Guide
January 31, 2012
This is an offbeat but fascinating film which pillories the transgressions of the muckraking tabloids so popular in the 1920s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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