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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Reviews

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media
November 1, 2016
Classic '40s tale of greed, betrayal, and murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
Bogart is phenomenal as Fred C. Dobbs, a decent guy destroyed by his lust for gold, and the film itself is one of the immortals of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 18, 2014
an unconventional western and a serious drama
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Agee
The Nation
August 30, 2012
This is one of the most visually alive and beautiful movies I have ever seen; there is a wonderful flow of fresh air, light, vigor, and liberty through every shot.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 9, 2011
A finely-crafted western-style character drama where greed and paranoia drive desperate men over the edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2011
Transcends the medium to become a mandatory viewing experience for anyone that identifies themselves as a human being, period.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
March 26, 2011
Humphrey Bogart gives one of his best performances in John Huston's chronicle of greed and crime, for which Walter Huston (John's son) won the Supporting Oscar; years later Jonn's daughter won the Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
February 15, 2011
an all-time masterpiece of characterization, structure, pacing and storytelling in general
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Jardine
July 22, 2010
Humphrey Bogart's maniacal Fred Dobbs is one of moviedom's great characterizations, a conglomeration of cunning, greed and paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 29, 2009
Huston must have thrown everything he had into this impossibly rich film, packed with grit, passion, adventure and heartbreak.

April 20, 2009
A powerful morality tale whose humour is as black as the heart of its central character, but as humane as the men who survive their brush with greed.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 20, 2009
This is so brilliant that the only real effect of the other versions is to make you want to watch the original again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic

TIME Magazine
April 20, 2009
Treasure of Sierra Madre is one of the best things Hollywood has done since it learned to talk; and the movie can take a place, without blushing, among the best ever made.
Cole Smithey
October 13, 2007
A pure classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
July 2, 2007
John Huston has rarely been in better form than in this 1948 study of gold fever and worse obsessions among an unlikely trio of prospectors...
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
August 31, 2006
True treasure of cinema, terrific on all counts.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Stephen Garrett
Time Out
February 9, 2006
There's a quite enjoyable yarn buried under the hollow laughter.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 8, 2004
An undeniable classic, but far from perfect.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
June 14, 2004
Riveting, downbeat, and surprising, a gripping adventure and one of Hollywood's most resonant morality tales… a smart, remorseless story of gold, greed, guns, and guile.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 15, 2004
The movie has never really been about gold but about character, and Bogart fearlessly makes Fred C. Dobbs into a pathetic, frightened, selfish man -- so sick we would be tempted to pity him, if he were not so undeserving of pity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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