Sweet Smell of Success Reviews

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April 9, 2015
New York never looked as thrillingly sordid as it does in this scabrous masterpiece.
November 17, 2011
Top Critic
April 21, 2009
Sweet Smell, which could have been offal, is raised to considerable dramatic heights by intense acting, taut direction (by Alexander Mackendrick), [and] superb camera work (by James Wong Howe).
April 21, 2009
Mackendrick's nighthawk landscape is compellingly, poetically bleak.
July 22, 2008
James Hill's production, locationed in Manhattan, captures the feel of Broadway and environs after dark.
June 24, 2006
The screen was rarely so dark or cruel.
March 2, 2018
... one of the most lacerating and vicious visions of the predatory urban world in the American cinema, and one accomplished without a single murder, gunshot or pulled knife.
December 2, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] Here lies the defective foundation of the American Dream as viewed from an implicitly American viewpoint - Bert Lancaster's company produced the film.
August 15, 2011
A meandering drama about the lure of success and the ignominious aggression of defeat.
March 7, 2011
It all begins with the title. The irony aside, its lightness and alliteration suggest the last breaths of one of the film's victims.
February 26, 2011
... one of the most lacerating and vicious visions of the predatory urban world in the American cinema...
February 23, 2011
Hyperbole doesn't come close to describing the importance and beauty of Criterion's essential Blu-ray release of Alexander Mackendrick's Sweet Smell of Success, a must-own for every film lover.
April 21, 2009
A masterpiece.
April 21, 2009
The film is a masterpiece, intelligent Hollywood cinema at its best.
October 18, 2008
Masterful direction and cinematography are shown off in this restored version, with Bernstein's apt jazzy score nailing all the right notes.
February 23, 2008
Engaging, at times vicious drama w/Lancaster as acidic gossip monger, Curtis fine as wimpy sidekick.
December 30, 2006
With some of the sharpest dialogue ever cut in Hollywood, only on the most superficial level is this a movie about gossip and publicity. We're talking show business. We're talking America. We're talking cast-iron classic.
October 9, 2005
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