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The Lost Weekend Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
March 13, 2016
Dry alkies and wet teetotalers perpetually out of balance, startlingly laid out by Wilder as a lonely metropolis' quivering nervous system
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
February 19, 2013
One of cinema's earliest and best portraits of drug addiction.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
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.
Dan Geary
Total Film
February 19, 2013
Taken as a treatise on addiction generally, it's remarkably sensitive and thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Agee
The Nation
September 14, 2012
While you watch it, it entirely holds you.
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
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.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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TIME Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
Painfully sincere and uncompromising look at alcoholism for a film released in 1945, with a superb central performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
February 20, 2008
It is intense, morbid -- and thrilling. Here is an intelligent dissection of one of society's most rampant evils.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 19, 2007
It still makes one of the strongest statements about alcoholism, though time has taken away some of its edge.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2006
Today it's less impressive but not without its virtues.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 24, 2006
A stirring portrait of the horrors of alcohol addiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
What makes the film so gripping is the brilliance with which Wilder uses John F Seitz's camerawork to range from an unvarnished portrait of New York brutally stripped of all glamour.
Emanuel Levy
December 12, 2005
The changes made in adapting the book to the big screen are instructive: In the novel, Ray Milland's alcoholic Don was a troubled bisexual, but in the movie, he's a writer suffering from a creative block.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Too much melodrama to be Wilder's best, but worth a look anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
A landmark film in terms of Hollywood's treatment of adult subject matter as fair game.
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
September 18, 2003
More realistic than sentimentalized Hollywood crowd-pleasers like Harvey, and more accessible than complete downers like Leaving Las Vegas, The Lost Weekend is, to me, the definitive film on the subject of alcoholism.
| Original Score: 5/5
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