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Pickup on South Street Reviews

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Top Critic
Variety Staff
December 1, 2008
Pickup for the most part falls flat on its face and borders on presumably unintended, comedy.
Christopher Null
October 2, 2002
hardly a landmark
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
December 22, 2014
Cold War anxiety merely heightens the already-combustible fabric of everyday America in Samuel Fuller's two-fisted masterpiece
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
80 minutes of breathless genre fun infused with pure, uninhibited passion.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
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 ...
Cole Smithey
May 14, 2009
Almost perfect.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 2, 2003
Fuller's most accessible film, crackling and frenetic.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 20, 2004
Along with Shock Corridor (1963), arguably [Fuller's] finest work.
May 24, 2003
It's probably been a while since you watched a film as tough as Pickup On South Street.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 6, 2005
Engagingly captures the hysteria over Reds and the underworld scene of the early 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
August 6, 2015
This atmospheric Cold War crime picture is a class act.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
March 9, 2006
Great noir piece with Richard Widmark complementing Samuel Fuller's direction.
| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 11, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 3, 2004
The 1953 picture does a nice job capturing the mentality of the Cold War United States.
| Original Score: B
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