Pickup on South Street Reviews

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October 21, 2020
...a compelling premise that's employed to watchable yet decidedly erratic effect by Fuller...
October 31, 2019
...a well-plotted underworld story. A couple of scenes seem unnecessarily brutal, but my interest never lagged.
March 8, 2019
Insanely slangy, deliriously hard-boiled noir...
February 5, 2019
While applauding the patriotism of his low-lifes, Fuller powerfully evokes a '50s world of brutality, compromise and redemption.
August 13, 2018
It took a director with Samuel Fuller's oblique angle of approach to find a vein of poetic anarchism in the conformist heart of the 1950s police-procedural melodrama.
September 1, 2015
Like a spiky romantic comedy got stuck in one of the 1950s' bleakest visions of humanity - and it somehow all works magnificently.
August 6, 2015
This atmospheric Cold War crime picture is a class act.
May 26, 2015
As good as are Widmark, with his proto-Method grin, and Peters, with her tawny, untutored naturalism, this is Thelma Ritter's movie. She transforms what could have been no more than a colorful eccentric to a figure of unshakable dignity.
May 25, 2015
Samuel Fuller's a master of unpretentious hot-house poetry, and that theoretical contradiction of terms gives one an idea of the irresolvable, elegantly compact flourishes that abound in his films.
May 25, 2015
Fuller's pugnacious direction and his gutter-up view of city life romanticize both the criminal code of honor and the jangling paranoia of global plots; his hard-edged long takes depict underworld cruelty with reportorial wonder ...
December 22, 2014
Cold War anxiety merely heightens the already-combustible fabric of everyday America in Samuel Fuller's two-fisted masterpiece
May 14, 2009
Almost perfect.
March 27, 2009
Both Widmark and Peters are superb, but it is Ritter, as the seedy but much-loved Moe, who gives the film its emotional punch.
December 1, 2008
Pickup for the most part falls flat on its face and borders on presumably unintended, comedy.
September 19, 2008
Definitely one of the best film noir movies I've seen so far.
March 25, 2006
Sam Fuller, who wrote it and directed, appears to have been more concerned with firing a barrage of sensations than with telling a story to be believed.
March 9, 2006
March 9, 2006
Great noir piece with Richard Widmark complementing Samuel Fuller's direction.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
Perhaps finally flawed by its overt political assumptions, but the film remains a desperate kind of masterpiece.
January 7, 2006
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