Sweet Smell of Success Reviews

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.
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.
May 16, 2002
A lean, mean amorality tale that still goes down like a cookie laced with arsenic.
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.
March 15, 2002
Its pleasures are almost obscenely abundant.
September 26, 2001
A fizzingly clever big-city satire and deeply strange late noir classic.
September 11, 2001
One of the sharpest and corrosively perceptive films to emerge from Hollywood.
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.