Sweet Smell of Success Reviews

  • Apr 21, 2019

    Loved the 50's New York street scenes. The dialogue is about 80% metaphors. Great film.

    Loved the 50's New York street scenes. The dialogue is about 80% metaphors. Great film.

  • Apr 20, 2019

    The Sweet Smell Of Success shows the dark world of media and is fantastically shot by James Wong Howe. Tony and Curtis and Burt Lancaster also make one of the most despicable characters in cinema

    The Sweet Smell Of Success shows the dark world of media and is fantastically shot by James Wong Howe. Tony and Curtis and Burt Lancaster also make one of the most despicable characters in cinema

  • Oct 01, 2018

    Superb movie - clever, engaging and enthralling. Sidney Falco is a press agent. His livelihood depends on him getting coverage for his clients with influential newspaper columnists. The most influential is JJ Hunsecker and Falco would do anything to get in his good books. Currently he is trying to break up the relationship of Hunsecker's sister with a jazz guitarist that Hunsecker doesn't like. This leads to a Machiavellian plot and profound repercussions. Superb. Incredibly clever and complex plot - Falco and Hunsecker's scheming is something to behold. Quite Shakespearean in the planning, the knock-on effects and how innocent people get sucked in and affected by the plan. Incredibly enthralling as you get pulled into a very realistic cut-throat world where nothing gets done without a quid pro quo, kindness is a rarity and there seems no escape from the influence of the main protagonists. Quite engaging - you feel for the characters and your loyalties change as the facts change and people reveal their true selves through their actions. The movie is rounded off by an excellent performance by Burt Lancaster as JJ Hunsecker. He's a manipulative, unscrupulous villain in a suit and revels in the role. Genuinely scary.

    Superb movie - clever, engaging and enthralling. Sidney Falco is a press agent. His livelihood depends on him getting coverage for his clients with influential newspaper columnists. The most influential is JJ Hunsecker and Falco would do anything to get in his good books. Currently he is trying to break up the relationship of Hunsecker's sister with a jazz guitarist that Hunsecker doesn't like. This leads to a Machiavellian plot and profound repercussions. Superb. Incredibly clever and complex plot - Falco and Hunsecker's scheming is something to behold. Quite Shakespearean in the planning, the knock-on effects and how innocent people get sucked in and affected by the plan. Incredibly enthralling as you get pulled into a very realistic cut-throat world where nothing gets done without a quid pro quo, kindness is a rarity and there seems no escape from the influence of the main protagonists. Quite engaging - you feel for the characters and your loyalties change as the facts change and people reveal their true selves through their actions. The movie is rounded off by an excellent performance by Burt Lancaster as JJ Hunsecker. He's a manipulative, unscrupulous villain in a suit and revels in the role. Genuinely scary.

  • Sep 19, 2018

    This turns the 1950's big city world of public relations into a sordid, conniving criminal enterprise. Lancaster makes a fantastic villain, and Curtis' charm somehow occasionally shines through an otherwise repulsive character. Dark, unpredictable, sinister fun.

    This turns the 1950's big city world of public relations into a sordid, conniving criminal enterprise. Lancaster makes a fantastic villain, and Curtis' charm somehow occasionally shines through an otherwise repulsive character. Dark, unpredictable, sinister fun.

  • Apr 14, 2018

    Cool as hell and extremely well written. This is one of the more vicious noirs of this era.

    Cool as hell and extremely well written. This is one of the more vicious noirs of this era.

  • Jul 25, 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.

    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.

  • Jun 30, 2017

    Makes the journalism business seem as dark and dangerous as the mob, and that's pretty cool.

    Makes the journalism business seem as dark and dangerous as the mob, and that's pretty cool.

  • May 13, 2017

    A very cynical view of mankind and showbiz people specifically. Burts Lancaster and Tony Curtiss are superb.

    A very cynical view of mankind and showbiz people specifically. Burts Lancaster and Tony Curtiss are superb.

  • Mar 16, 2017

    Alexander MacKendrick at his finest -- or nearly! A fantastic film noir.

    Alexander MacKendrick at his finest -- or nearly! A fantastic film noir.

  • Nov 03, 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.

    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.