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Sweet Smell of Success Reviews

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Niki Patton
Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
December 1, 2002
An ambitious and self serving group bent on their own self survival make for a crisp script. Lancaster at his larger than life best... A classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Lancaster-Curtis saga of Manhattan's amoral media has spark and a wicked bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
Brilliant performances by Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis, and James Wong Howe's glowing black and white photography, are the perfect compliments to the rapid-fire screenplay.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 21, 2002
Loose, sleazy, brilliant and hyper-cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 16, 2002
A lean, mean amorality tale that still goes down like a cookie laced with arsenic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 18, 2002
The main incentive to see this movie is its witty, pungent and idiomatic dialogue, such as you never hear on the screen anymore in this age of special-effects illiteracy.
Kim Morgan
April 12, 2002
Uses every aspect of filmmaking to perfection.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 15, 2002
Its pleasures are almost obscenely abundant.
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Its script posses some of the sharpest dialogue ever written, and even if it's not exactly naturalistic, it's stylized in the best sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Bradshaw
September 26, 2001
A fizzingly clever big-city satire and deeply strange late noir classic.
Jason Wood
September 11, 2001
One of the sharpest and corrosively perceptive films to emerge from Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
August 20, 2001
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) is an ascerbic, dynamic and intense film that exposes the diseased under-side of New York City's glamorous night life, revealing...
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of those rare films where you remember the names of the characters because you remember them -- as people, as types, as benchmarks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
Captures the sleazy allure of Manhattan like no other film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Still remarkably pungent.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Cruel and unflinching, this movie is partially responsible for bringing Winchell's career down. Excellent cinematography, acting, dialogue, and scoring -- a must see.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 22, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 22, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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