Sunset Boulevard Reviews

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August 23, 2020
It continues to be a project of unquestionable importance and unrivaled influence more than 50 years later.
August 7, 2020
The behavior of Gillis in Sunset Boulevard is in part a commentary on the wider opportunism and cowardice of Hollywood at the time that had so appallingly manifested itself in the film community's accommodation...
August 4, 2020
The story of fallen silent film star Norma Desmond and her desperate clinging to her glory days is still sticking with me days later.
July 21, 2020
One of the best swipes at Hollywood to come out of Hollywood, a wonderfully absurd comedy, and one of the best noir films ever, all rolled into one.
July 14, 2020
Wilder's interest is in the ramifications of stardom on the human soul - how fame and fortune can corrupt and break a person in the same way a drug addict becomes obsessed with taking another hit.
July 14, 2020
Sunset Boulevard isn't only Billy Wilder at his finest but the film is easily the best film ever made about Hollywood in cinematic history.
October 9, 2019
A coldly brilliant melodrama about a spiderish ex-queen of the movies and the hack writer whom she destroys in her million-dollar web. Gloria Swanson and William Holden are superb in the leading roles.
January 27, 2019
[Gloria Swanson] proves that in the years she has been off the screen she has lost none of her glamour, the magnetism that made her an outstanding personality of the early Hollywood days.
September 14, 2018
The conception owes something to Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, but the film builds a myth of its own, one that taps into something essential about stardom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 8, 2008
Tears away at the curtain that keeps reality away from fiction.
November 6, 2008
Dark comedy. Film noir. Tragic romance. Hollywood satire. 'Sunset Boulevard' has it all.
February 29, 2008
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