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Sunset Boulevard Reviews

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January 13, 2017
Sunset Boulevard (1950), the blackest of Hollywood's self-portraits, is an old dark house of a ghost story inhabited by the living shadows of its discarded stars.
January 22, 2015
Rarely is fiction shot through so glitteringly with real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 4, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] Billy Wilder's deft weaving of gothic elements, not the least of which is Nora's decrepit mansion, casts a spell from which Joe is unable to break free. He, like the audience, is stuck in a terrible place awaiting an equally frightful fate.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
November 8, 2012
One of the great joys of the film is watching the way in which William Holden's naturalistic performance clashes with an actress and performance style from an earlier age.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 29, 2012
An uncompromising study of American decadence displaying a sad, worn, methodical beauty few films have had since the late twenties.
October 14, 2011
Norma is something of a living legend, but she's also an unaware ghost: no longer of the world in which she thinks she lives.
January 2, 2011
A must for fans of ruthless black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 9, 2009
Sunset Boulevard's entire point of view is based on a gimmick. Whether one considers it an "artistic cheat" or a valid and audacious device depends up his ability and desire to suspend his disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
December 8, 2008
Tears away at the curtain that keeps reality away from fiction.
November 12, 2008
if you have the dream to make it to Tinsel Town, you might want to check this flick out because Hollywood is as hard on dreams as it was back in the 1950s
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 6, 2008
Dark comedy. Film noir. Tragic romance. Hollywood satire. 'Sunset Boulevard' has it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
August 14, 2007
The casting is perfect.
August 14, 2007
A tour de force for Swanson and one of Wilder's better efforts.
June 28, 2007
...They rate a nod for daring, as well as credit for an all-around filmmaking job that, disregarding the unpleasant subject matter, is a standout.
December 30, 2006
This cold-blooded satire is at once subtle and savage.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 24, 2006
One of Wilder's finest, and certainly the blackest of all Hollywood's scab-scratching accounts of itself.
September 29, 2005
Still the best Hollywood movie ever made about Hollywood.
July 4, 2005
Gloria Swanson and William Holden give definitive, Oscar-nominated performances as the fading star and hack writer, respectively, in Bily Wilder's darker than dark comedy about the inner workings of Hollywood at a crucial phase of the industry's change.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 20, 2005
A cynically dark recognition to Hollywood's forgotten stars.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
October 15, 2004
A concentration of classic filmmaking at its peak, a specimen of director Billy Wilder at the razor's edge of his brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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