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The Singing Detective Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 17, 2003
... it is just a little bit too much of a disjointed mess.
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
October 31, 2003
Despite a pair of spectacular characterizations by Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr., the film version of Dennis Potter's BBC miniseries plays a little offkey.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
October 16, 2003
This is a film that needs to sprawl, but it has the feeling of a greatest hits compilation.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 16, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
December 2, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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.
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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
Jeremiah Kipp
ToxicUniverse.com
October 8, 2003
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
Jeanne Aufmuth
Aufmuth.com
November 3, 2003
Robert Downey, Jr. is the only saving grace of this incoherent crime caper based on the classic British mini-series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 4, 2003
the big screen version seems rushed as they try to pack their ten pounds of sugar into a five-pound bag
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 16, 2004
Inventive mess, filled with pock marks.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 23, 2003
The movie lurches when it should glide, shouts when it should whisper and mumbles when it should sing.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 6, 2003
Although the screenplay is based on one by the late Potter, it feels like 100 pounds of material crammed into a small Ziploc bag.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 7, 2003
True, Gordon is working from Potter's own adapted script, but it's hard to shake the sense that the writer may simply have been trolling for a Hollywood paycheck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 7, 2003
The movie makes its point and still has another hour to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 7, 2003
While the general contours of Potter's original story are intact, they've lost all their transitional graces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 7, 2003
Apart from Downey's convincing contribution, the movie feels too contrived, stagy and inorganic to draw any pleasure.
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