The Lost Weekend Reviews

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November 25, 2020
John F. Seitz' black and white cinematography is impeccable, and the film includes scenes shot in New York City alongside those shot at the Paramount studio.
August 13, 2020
The subject matter regularly supersedes the characters and their interactions, preventing the film from retaining an identity beyond that of a public service announcement.
July 14, 2020
Almost eighty years later, it's hard to find a better film than The Lost Weekend when it comes to alcoholism.
March 10, 2020
Whether it makes money or not, The Lost Weekend points the way to a new and more honest movie artistry.
January 28, 2020
The mental or emotional impact of The Lost Weekend upon the watcher cannot be measured. The film should be seen a second time, however, as an example in technique. Wilder uses his camera as a psychological index.
January 28, 2020
The Lost [Weekend] is a fascinating, horrifying, and quite honest picture of a few days in the life of a hopeless alcoholic.
January 27, 2020
For once... a cinema narrative achieves dramatic impact worthy of the adjectives the industry has squandered recklessly on its lesser wares.
April 22, 2019
The "curse of the drink" was never more vividly dealt with than in The Lost Weekend. It is a modern version of an old-time thriller type of melodrama about the evils of over-imbibing, more streamlined and scientific than its predecessors,
March 13, 2016
Dry alkies and wet teetotalers perpetually out of balance, startlingly laid out by Wilder as a lonely metropolis' quivering nervous system
January 13, 2014
Despite the grim subject matter, there are glimpses of Wilder's characteristic mordant wit, and the director's location work in New York's Third Avenue district is exemplary. Casting the hitherto bland Milland was a stroke of genius.
February 19, 2013
One of cinema's earliest and best portraits of drug addiction.
February 19, 2013
Although ultimately less bleak than Charles Jackson's autobiographical novel, the film is uncompromising in its depiction of the lies, self-deception and degradation that alcoholism leads to.
February 19, 2013
Taken as a treatise on addiction generally, it's remarkably sensitive and thoughtful.
September 14, 2012
While you watch it, it entirely holds you.
February 23, 2012
Under Wilder's imaginative direction, Milland has been able to convey just what an uncontrollable craving for liquor does to a man's mind, his body and soul.
May 2, 2011
An uncompromising look at alcoholism at a time when addiction was considered a personal failing to be swept under the rug of polite society.
February 17, 2009
Director Billy Wilder's technique of photographing Third Avenue in the grey morning sunlight with a concealed camera to keep the crowds from being self-conscious gives this sequence the shock of reality.
February 20, 2008
Bold, sobering, intelligently written and acted with great skill by Ray Milland.
February 20, 2008
Painfully sincere and uncompromising look at alcoholism for a film released in 1945, with a superb central performance.
February 20, 2008
It is intense, morbid -- and thrilling. Here is an intelligent dissection of one of society's most rampant evils.
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