Sweet Smell of Success - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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.
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
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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...
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
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.
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 22, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
February 11, 2005
A cruelly cynical take on the seamy side of New York City's swinging nightclub life.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
January 11, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
March 10, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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