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The Singing Detective Reviews

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August 22, 2004
The first two thirds are a lot of fun and a showcase for Robert Downey Jr.'s immense talents.
Read More | Original Score: 71/100
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
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
January 15, 2004
A flawed yet mesmerizing adaptation of the 1986 BBC mini-series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 28, 2003
Viewed purely as its own thing, The Singing Detective is a wonder to look at, centered by a compelling Downey performance
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 28, 2003
The outstanding ensemble cast goes a long way toward redeeming things.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 26, 2003
[Downey's] portrayal is engaging, witty and affecting -- and so is the film.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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 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 15, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 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 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
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
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
Just sit back and let the silliness wash over you.
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