Gumshoe Reviews

  • Feb 08, 2019

    Stephen Frears feature debut is a real humdinger as Bingo caller comedian Albert Finney lives in a world of private eyes when he suddenly becomes involved in a real case. Lovely pastiche of classic film noir with Finney excelling in the lead . Fears would work in TV until the 80s before going back to the big screen and as usual he delivers the goods showing again how underrated he is as a director.

    Stephen Frears feature debut is a real humdinger as Bingo caller comedian Albert Finney lives in a world of private eyes when he suddenly becomes involved in a real case. Lovely pastiche of classic film noir with Finney excelling in the lead . Fears would work in TV until the 80s before going back to the big screen and as usual he delivers the goods showing again how underrated he is as a director.

  • Dec 10, 2016

    Albert Finney is in his usual top form in Stephen Frears's devilishly comic directorial debut.

    Albert Finney is in his usual top form in Stephen Frears's devilishly comic directorial debut.

  • Mar 30, 2015

    Wanted to be funny and interesting....should have just picked interesting.

    Wanted to be funny and interesting....should have just picked interesting.

  • Mar 25, 2015

    albert finney channels his inner bogart in this crime drama.

    albert finney channels his inner bogart in this crime drama.

  • jay n Super Reviewer
    Sep 03, 2014

    I love Albert Finney but Humphrey Bogart he ain't.

    I love Albert Finney but Humphrey Bogart he ain't.

  • Feb 07, 2014

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  • Dec 04, 2013

    It's legacy is that it probably served as massive inspiration for Dennis Potter's masterpiece, The Singing Detective. On its own, the black comedic dialogue soon wears thin and the story is too dull to take seriously. Worth a look for some true early 70s atmospherics and if you drift in and out you may enjoy the odd bit of dialogue.

    It's legacy is that it probably served as massive inspiration for Dennis Potter's masterpiece, The Singing Detective. On its own, the black comedic dialogue soon wears thin and the story is too dull to take seriously. Worth a look for some true early 70s atmospherics and if you drift in and out you may enjoy the odd bit of dialogue.

  • Apr 21, 2013

    Rubbish. A Brit tribute to American Pulp Fiction reads like a poor pastiche of a Jack Vettriano painting. Falls flat and the Albert Finney character is unlikeable without any charm whatsoever.

    Rubbish. A Brit tribute to American Pulp Fiction reads like a poor pastiche of a Jack Vettriano painting. Falls flat and the Albert Finney character is unlikeable without any charm whatsoever.

  • Dec 17, 2012

    Dreary and uneven blend of mystery, comedy, and drama--Finney as Bogie!!

    Dreary and uneven blend of mystery, comedy, and drama--Finney as Bogie!!

  • Jul 24, 2012

    A perfect blend of humor, mystery, and drama. The films plays up some stereotypes even as it undermines them. In that regard this is a rare film indeed.

    A perfect blend of humor, mystery, and drama. The films plays up some stereotypes even as it undermines them. In that regard this is a rare film indeed.