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Pickup on South Street Reviews

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
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 1, 2008
Pickup for the most part falls flat on its face and borders on presumably unintended, comedy.
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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February 9, 2006
Perhaps finally flawed by its overt political assumptions, but the film remains a desperate kind of masterpiece.
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.