The Pawnbroker Reviews

August 14, 2019
The Pawnbroker seemed to me a bore and a phony, a vulgarization of a serious theme, an exploitation of cinematic "effects" used without taste or intelligence.
June 27, 2019
If The Pawnbroker is nasty, the reason is that director Sidney Lumet consistently overplays his hand. Apart from a magnificent virtuoso performance by Rod Steiger - that incredibly versatile actor - the movie has nothing to do with art.
April 21, 2014
The Pawnbroker is a paradoxically obsessed with death, yet roaring with life, a jazzy urban tragedy that sees shadows of the Holocaust in the suffering and exploitation of the dead-eyed souls of East Harlem.
August 21, 2011
The film makes its point with narrative economy and emotional sophistication in a socially complex contemporary context.
July 1, 2011
creates some haunting images and gives Rod Steiger a chance to blossom
April 28, 2011
An unpleasant, solemn and overwrought melodrama about an embittered Jewish Holocaust survivor still haunted by his stay in Auschwitz.
June 30, 2007
One of the first Hollywood films to deal with the Holocaust, The Pawnbroker is thematically and stylistically innovative, borrowing some of its devices from the French New Wave, such as brief flashbacks, stylized b/w imagery, and jazzy score.
October 9, 2005
April 28, 2005
April 3, 2005
May 14, 2004
June 27, 2002
Dramatizes the psychological impact of the Nazi concentration camps, while drawing parallels to contemporary conditions of New York City ghetto life