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Pickup on South Street Reviews

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Charles Taylor
Village Voice
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.
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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 ...
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Variety Staff
December 1, 2008
Pickup for the most part falls flat on its face and borders on presumably unintended, comedy.
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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
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Perhaps finally flawed by its overt political assumptions, but the film remains a desperate kind of masterpiece.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 2, 2002
It isn't his best, but this 1953 feature may be the archetypal Sam Fuller film, a condensation of his themes and techniques with the steam still rising.