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Sweet Smell of Success Reviews

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½ August 9, 2017
The Devil is offering you a deal. Do you take it? Or do you suffer from it? If you answered both, you are correct. But it won't change how grand it is.
July 21, 2017
Makes the journalism business seem as dark and dangerous as the mob, and that's pretty cool.
½ May 14, 2017
A very cynical view of mankind and showbiz people specifically. Burts Lancaster and Tony Curtiss are superb.
March 16, 2017
Alexander MacKendrick at his finest -- or nearly! A fantastic film noir.
½ November 3, 2016
Sweet Smell of Success has a very important story, good character development, it is well made and so well acted plus the third act is very dramatic and intense, but everything that came before it wasn't as great, the film isn't that great of a noir film as it was too modern in my opinion, way too underutilized, a bit cold and ultimately overrated.
October 13, 2016
Stonkingly good. With slick and inventive dialogue and powerhouse performances, not to mention assured cinematography and editing, it deserves repeated viewings.
½ August 6, 2016
A tightly wound script about several self-absorbed, yet influential losers that prefer to stand in the way of happiness to maintain personal standing in the concrete jungle.
May 24, 2016
A sizzling and cynical patchwork made whole by the despicable Burt Lancaster and the tainted Tony Curtis.
May 6, 2016
Sweet Smell of Success is wall-to-wall with excellence, from its moody photography to its crafty direction to its first-rate performances.
April 1, 2016
Intense, compelling, relentless story of greed, cruelty, manipulation and power, set in a vibrant and beautifully shot Manhattan of jazz clubs and star columnists. Everything about the movie woks: the story, the cinematography, the music, the acting. A masterpiece.
March 20, 2016
Quite and entertaining noir film. Good performances and a decent story.
½ February 21, 2016
This movie seems dated as when using marijuana is treated as a major crime but Lancaster and Curtis are an amazing team. Did this occur after their performances in Trapeze. I was disappointed to learn that the team of Lancaster and Douglas was not based on friendship. But whatever their relationship off camera Curtis and Burt are wonderful here.
February 10, 2016
Slow burn, intense, drama - powerful performances. Worthy.
February 8, 2016
This movie conjures such a precise time and place you can smell it, and it's intoxicating. Impossibly cool and cynical dialogue that both sings and bruises, melded to pitch-perfect performances and a rich, sweet and sour evocation of '50s Manhattan that's both venal and hypnotic. A brilliant film with maybe no equals of its kind.
January 19, 2016
Scathing inquiry into the corruption of American Media, it does so with a dense script that makes its case completely and timelessly
Super Reviewer
½ November 16, 2015
The acting, the script, the direction, the energy. Stunning!
½ November 3, 2015
This film has some of the greatest dialogue I've ever heard in a movie. Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis are amazing.
½ September 7, 2015
Hollywood loves a movie about show business, which bloats this film's reputation a bit, still it is hard to look away from the despicable acts of these heartless characters
Super Reviewer
August 11, 2015
Why can't all films be made like they once were. The screenplay, acting, and cinematography are all top-notch and really elevate this classic to must see status. The New York night scenes are amazing and really lend an amazingly atmospheric feel to the film. Sharp dialog and even sharper schemes in the making, Sweet Smell of Success is amazing to behold. Highly Recommended!
½ July 10, 2015
One of my favorite scores and one that sticks in your head in a good way. Lancaster is the master
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