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July 6, 2015
An unflinchingly humane work of enormous importance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 2, 2013
The film's reputation hasn't endured like some other mid-century depictions of addiction, like The Lost Weekend. But it's a terrific look at descent and despair, the sort of movie that can end on a sour note but still seem hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 23, 2013
The film is a pretty good picture show, as we used to say, but anyone who has read Nelson Algren's wonderfully poetic novel is likely to make invidious comparisons and be otherwise distracted.
April 1, 2011
As one Hollywood's first movies about drug addiction, Otto Preminger's drama starring Frank Sinatra, may be more significant historically than artistically.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 19, 2008
Director Otto Preminger emphasizes the lurid whenever he can ... so that the movie plays like a blurry, bleary night-on-its-way-to-morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2007
Sinatra, by contrast, is superb, especially in a harrowing withdrawal scene. It's his movie...all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2007
A gripping, fascinating film, expertly produced and directed and performed with marked conviction by Frank Sinatra as the drug slave.
October 23, 2007
More Damon Runyan than Irvine Welsh, but as entertaining as it is important.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2007
Some of the scenes of cold turkey are still very effective, and Sinatra's performance is flawless.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
There are some great scenes, though, notably Sinatra's audition for a make-or-break drumming job, and the later scene where he suffers cold turkey in Novak's apartment.
November 13, 2005
A brave and well-constructed piece of old-time movie-making, and the thing more than holds up today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2005
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January 29, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2004
A terrific exposition of the perils of drug addiction
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
September 17, 2001
Proves that drug stories aren't exclusively the territory of hip, nihilistic '90s film-school wunderkinder.
May 12, 2001
Frank Sinatra turns in a credible performance as a reformed heroin addict straight out of the joint -- and finds his options aren't so sweet upon his return to the world.
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2001
| Original Score: 4/5
December 28, 2007
It's a film that had a monkey on its back.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 23, 2007
Frank Sinatra, as the drug-addicted poker dealer, plays a reasonably naturalistic character, but he's surrounded by a collection of bizarre archetypes.
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