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Sweet Smell of Success Reviews

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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.
April 9, 2015
New York never looked as thrillingly sordid as it does in this scabrous masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 15, 2011
A meandering drama about the lure of success and the ignominious aggression of defeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 26, 2011
... one of the most lacerating and vicious visions of the predatory urban world in the American cinema...
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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
A masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 21, 2009
The film is a masterpiece, intelligent Hollywood cinema at its best.
April 21, 2009
Mackendrick's nighthawk landscape is compellingly, poetically bleak.
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.
July 22, 2008
James Hill's production, locationed in Manhattan, captures the feel of Broadway and environs after dark.
February 23, 2008
Engaging, at times vicious drama w/Lancaster as acidic gossip monger, Curtis fine as wimpy sidekick.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 24, 2006
The screen was rarely so dark or cruel.
February 11, 2005
A cruelly cynical take on the seamy side of New York City's swinging nightclub life.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
September 20, 2003
It's about hype and, although it was made decades before the word was coined, it still has eye-opening things to convey about the slippery business of celebrity journalism. Such is the value of first-hand experience.
August 7, 2003
Sizzling dialogue, incendiary performances.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 21, 2003
Excellent drama containing one of Tony Curtis' greatest performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2002
A true classic. Lancaster at top form, Curtis is great as his toady. A cynical masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
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