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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 17, 2003
... it is just a little bit too much of a disjointed mess.
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.
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
March 16, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 2, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: D+
December 31, 2003
Zany comic relief moments hold th film together when you might otherwise be, well, itching to flee the theater.
November 26, 2003
The film uneasily skims the surface like a stone over water, hitting highlights at random.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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+
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
December 16, 2004
Inventive mess, filled with pock marks.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 23, 2003
The movie lurches when it should glide, shouts when it should whisper and mumbles when it should sing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
November 7, 2003
The movie makes its point and still has another hour to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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