Reviews

Aug 30, 2021
A few less narrative coincidences could have elevated this to the level of Lang's noir classics The Big Heat and The Woman in the Window. As it stands, it's still a tasty treat.
Jul 15, 2020
The result is very interesting with the argument of the very cynical way in which hierarchy and influences in the political world of journalism are handled. It's a good film noir from Lang. [Full review in Spanish]
Oct 15, 2014
The story is a cynical twist on Lang's famous M.
Oct 15, 2014
Dour, disillusioned stuff -- easy to admire, harder to love.
Oct 15, 2014
Lang's finest film since The Big Heat and his last great success, While the City Sleeps is a crime drama sending its lead actors on a twisted, dog-eat-dog journey into the underworld in their quest for success.
Oct 15, 2014
This thriller about the battle for control of a newspaper is quite intriguing and boasts a starry cast.
Oct 15, 2014
Although you could run a horse and carriage through the plot, the dialogue isn't bad.
Apr 29, 2011
Harsh, leering, implausible and fascinating -- it's the type of yarn that might have been dramatized in 'The Strangler,' the fictional dime horror comic that is the favorite reading matter of the story's over-aged j.d. 'mama's boy' murderer.
Dec 23, 2010
One of Fritz Lang's last and best American film noir, the plot is complex and involving, and the visual style clear and extremely effective
Sep 11, 2010
It may not be in the same league as Metropolis, M or The Big Heat, but there are enough interesting elements to make it worthy of rediscovery.
Mar 26, 2009
Plot intricacies are deftly interwoven, with director Fritz Lang doing a topflight job of balancing the ingredients without dragging the pace.
Mar 25, 2006
While this journalistic jamboree is more flamboyant than probable, a tight and sophisticated script by Casey Robinson and a clutch of professional performances make While the City Sleeps a diverting and workmanlike fiction.
Jan 26, 2006
Lang's most underrated movie.
Aug 20, 2005
Inventive as both a crime thriller, and a look at the omnipresent modern media.
May 8, 2005
Mar 1, 2005
More a social commentary than a straight crime drama.
Dec 26, 2003
Jun 16, 2003
Good Lang noir.
May 24, 2003
Lang, the master of this kind of material, crafts a gripping, fast-moving neo-noir -- one of the best films of his late period.
Jan 1, 2000
The general value of this film is far bellow the standards expected from someone like Fritz Lang.