Johnny O'Clock Reviews

April 6, 2020
The caustically epigrammatic script, the cast's suavely controlled gestures of love and menace, and Rossen's thrillingly restrained and stylishly assertive images... make this pugnacious yet intricate spectacle a hidden classic of the genre.
April 3, 2020
...a head-scratching misfire.
July 6, 2010
Although the plot follows a familiar pattern, the characterizations are fresh and the performances good enough to overbalance.
June 24, 2006
Despite good performances and fine camerawork from Burnett Guffey, Rossen's first film as director is a disappointingly flat thriller.
March 25, 2006
The slowness and general confusion of the plot for two-thirds of the film does not make for notable excitement, and the shallowness of the mystery as to who's doing all the killing relieves it of any great suspense.
January 17, 2003
The protagonist, Dick Powell, seems more like a stuffed shirt.