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The Singing Detective Reviews

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Cole Smithey
May 9, 2009
The film's colorful song-and-dance set pieces rely on lip-synced '50s songs that are the weakest link in a bumbling but gregarious movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 16, 2004
Inventive mess, filled with pock marks.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
August 22, 2004
The first two thirds are a lot of fun and a showcase for Robert Downey Jr.'s immense talents.
| Original Score: 71/100
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 9, 2004
The concept is clever, but the film's parts don't fit well and the main character is one of the least likable you'll find.
| Original Score: D
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
April 7, 2004
The Singing Detective is like a dream that you are still a little confused by when you wake up. It's not for everyone, but it's a fun ride if you dive in face first.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
February 2, 2004
Worth seeing on the basis of its cast alone, although the characters being played are often so impressionistic, even the superstar lineup ends up being a bit distracting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
January 17, 2004
Potter's gaze into the man's dark sexual and familial secrets isn't about one man's oppression, but about his self-imposed melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kim Linekin
January 15, 2004
A flawed yet mesmerizing adaptation of the 1986 BBC mini-series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
December 31, 2003
Zany comic relief moments hold th film together when you might otherwise be, well, itching to flee the theater.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
December 7, 2003
Perpetually feels as if it were a good idea that was never fully thought through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
November 28, 2003
Viewed purely as its own thing, The Singing Detective is a wonder to look at, centered by a compelling Downey performance
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
November 28, 2003
Catch it to see a major performance by a magnetic actor, but go in with patience and with the realization that the film is something of an interesting failure.
| Original Score: 3/4
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 28, 2003
The outstanding ensemble cast goes a long way toward redeeming things.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 26, 2003
The film uneasily skims the surface like a stone over water, hitting highlights at random.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
November 26, 2003
[Downey's] portrayal is engaging, witty and affecting -- and so is the film.
| Original Score: 8/10
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
November 26, 2003
Whether [Potter] condensed his own story so stupidly or others ruined it for him, the results are sadly the same.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Sells
Film Threat
November 25, 2003
The Singing Detective is one of those films that is high in concept, but poor on delivery.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 21, 2003
The songs that are being lip-synched in The Singing Detective are in tune and on key, but very little else is in this nearly unwatchable musical-fantasy, based on the 1986 BBC television miniseries.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
November 21, 2003
A real piece of crap by any objective means of judgment.
| Original Score: 2/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 21, 2003
Downey spits nails as the pain-ridden Dark, and masters the Raymond Chandler-esque dialogue and mannerisms of Dark's pulp creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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