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The Singing Detective Reviews

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November 21, 2003
Audacious, original, genre-bending and potentially thought-provoking, full of strong performances and inventive cinematography. Unfortunately, it's also really, really bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 20, 2003
I would rather sit through mountains of creative plot shenanigans as peppered through this movie than watch yet another drone sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 20, 2003
Bad pulp that results in flaccid fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
November 19, 2003
Making a movie that's both bizarre and boring would normally seem unlikely, but The Singing Detective manages this unenviable feat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 17, 2003
The film version struggles to find its own unique voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 17, 2003
Watching Robert Downey Jr. perform is one of the great pleasures of going to the movies today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2003
... it is just a little bit too much of a disjointed mess.
November 14, 2003
Robert Downey Jr gives an impressively depraved performance but can't make this confused movie hum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 14, 2003
When I saw it at Sundance, my attention was divided because I was trying to process the meaning of the jagged structure. Seeing it again a week ago, knowing what to expect, I found it a more moving experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2003
Robert Downey Jr. goes into Johnny Depp territory with a great performance that is at once antic and next turning on the tears with ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.25/4
November 14, 2003
Whenever the movie seems about to say something profound, it backs off and goes in another direction. The movie winds up as a tantalizing but incomplete experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2003
The Singing Detective has to settle for a hung jury.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 13, 2003
A truncated version of a classic miniseries, with little of the original luster despite some fine acting.
Read More | Original Score: C
November 13, 2003
It stands completely on Downey's tragi-comic performance, although the rest of the cast -- particularly Penn and Gibson -- do good work as well.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 13, 2003
Although the miniseries spent time developing the strands of the interwoven stories, the movie flits from idea to idea and plays like a chaotic, failed experiment.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 13, 2003
If the movie doesn't really work, it's because it's a hard piece to bring off, an extremely high mark to hit. Still, enough magic is left, especially in Downey's performance, to shock and beguile us.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 11, 2003
Even with its faults, Gordon's The Singing Detective will haunt the darkest corners of your mind long after the curtain falls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 11, 2003
A cinematic belly-flop rather than a beautiful swan dive...to emulate the bad hard-boiled dialogue, you're going to need buns of steel to sit through such a total debacle.
Full Review | Original Score: F
November 9, 2003
A brow-furrowing exercise in keeping up with the Darks, punctuated by random and alarming seediness and mysterious characters. Afterward, you appreciate its subtler charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2003
Fans of the classic Dennis Potter BBC miniseries: Stay far, far away from this pale, Americanized imitation.
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