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To Have and Have Not Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 24, 2016
Second only to The Big Sleep as the best of the love birds' quartet of films together (the others were Dark Passage and Key Largo), it's yet another gem from Howard Hawks, still the most underrated of all great American directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Hall
Cinema Crazed
July 1, 2016
A victory of style and star power over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
March 14, 2015
While there are moments implying breezy, spontaneous improvisation in virtually all Hawks pictures, no other has such an all-pervasive sense of a floating party...
Josh Larsen
August 19, 2014
Bacall slinks onto the screen asking Bogart for matches and walks away with the entire movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 15, 2014
In many ways the ultimate Hawks film: clear, direct, and thoroughly brilliant.
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James Agee
TIME Magazine
August 15, 2014
Lauren Bacall has cinema personality to burn, and she burns both ends against an unusually little middle.

Total Film
August 15, 2014
Unfussily directed, To Have And Have Not is packed with memorable exchanges in shadowy interiors, and showcases the husky-voiced Bacall at her most insolent and alluring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
August 15, 2014
Stylish and loaded with humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
August 15, 2014
This one is a must: they don't come better.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Herman G. Weinberg
Sight and Sound
August 15, 2014
Asking an audience to laugh for two hours at the delirium tremens of a man suffering from alcoholism is a grisly thing.
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Variety Staff
March 16, 2009
Bogart is in his usual metier, a tough guy who, no less, has the facility of making a dame go for him, instead of he for her. That's where Bacall comes in.
Emanuel Levy
July 13, 2008
"You know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together and blow," said Lauren Bacall to Bogey in this entertaining follow-up to Casablanca, thus launching the onscreen (and offscreen) romance that made them a popular team in the 1940s.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 10, 2008
It owes more to Casablanca than it does to Hemingway.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 9, 2007
Has a slick of bestial sweat to it that promises that the explosion of really naughty stuff is looming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Phil Hardy
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Bogie and Bacall fell in love while making the film, and their scenes reflect this, giving To Have and Have Not a degree of emotional presence that is unusual in the 'bite on the bullet' world of Hawks.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
February 17, 2005
[Bogey & Bacall's] onscreen chemistry is palpable, all but overshadowing the fictional back story that made Rick and Ilsa's dance in Casablanca so memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 28, 2005
A química entre Bogart e Bacall (numa estréia impressionante) é motivo suficiente para que este filme se mantenha vivo na memória dos amantes do Cinema.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
January 29, 2004
The movie is entertaining in its own right, and representative of the era in which it was produced, but, aside from the legendary interaction between Bogart and Lauren Bacall, there are only moderate reasons to recommend the film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
January 10, 2004
The scenes between Bogart and Bacall are so dazzlingly about attraction and sex that they encapsulate the whole magic of movies.
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 5, 2004
The movie is basically a rip-off of "Casablanca," but it's got some marvelous dialogue and great intrigue.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
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