On Dangerous Ground Reviews

September 24, 2019
It's a film that defies not just genre expectation, but even the expectations it sets up for itself, culminating in a devastating ending where the only comfort left is the possibility of some human connection.
July 12, 2019
There is a certain kind of beauty that expresses so much in such a short space that no words can capture its essence. All I know is that it stirred the deepest reaches of my soul.
August 13, 2018
Considering the talents of all involved, it ought to be a masterpiece; but genre takes its revenge, and the picture's rhythm never recovers from the unanticipated quiescence of the rural milieu.
January 28, 2017
Is there a film noir that spends so much time watching the landscape change from the driver's seat of a moving car, and then find the same fury and intolerance is here in the heartland too?
October 29, 2016
The performances are potent, the direction by Nicholas Ray is suitably moody, and the score by Bernard Herrmann is terrific.
December 2, 2013
An exalted modulation from harsh to lyrical and back, the culmination of Nicholas Ray's Borzagean side
January 30, 2012
Haunting mix of police story, romance and tale of regeneration.
July 2, 2009
What succeeds in On Dangerous Ground is the raw emotionalism that bleeds out from the screen, unmatched in any of Ray's other films.
March 2, 2008
Nicholas Ray's classic noir starring Ryan and Lupino.
October 23, 2007
A realistic and often gripping crime yarn.
October 23, 2007
Above par noir thriller that takes some stereotypical characters and potentially sentimental situations to fashion them into a film that thinks as well as entertains.
October 23, 2007
One of the loveliest of Nick Ray's movies.
August 16, 2006
One of noir's most soulful and poetic expressions of hope and redemption.
July 20, 2006
[One of] a string of masterworks from Ray.
May 1, 2006
Perched between late-'40s noir and mid-'50s crime drama, this is one of the great, forgotten works of the genre.
June 19, 2005
Nicholas Ray's existential melodrama is considered to be a flawed noir because of its upbeat ending, but it's one of the director's most lyrical tales and is extremely well acted by Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan.
January 29, 2005
Overcomes its artificial contrivances to become a touching psychological drama about despair and loneliness.
February 13, 2004