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  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The kind of film you can appreciate as an object, but not as a story. It's a lovingly souped-up incarnation of the film-noir look, contains well-staged and performed musical numbers, and has a lot of cigarettes, tough tootsies, bad guys and shadows. What it doesn't have is a story that pulls us along, or a hero who seems as compelling as some of the supporting characters. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    I love musicals, but I'd be hard-pressed to recommend this curiosity, sort of a shoestring version of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club." show more

  • 25
    Chicago Tribune

    Dark Streets lost me early, real early, like still-adjusting-my-eyes-in-a-dark-theater early. show more

  • 50
    Film Threat

    The type of film I would call eternally frustrating. Boasting a solid cast and an amazing look, the film is a mishmash of film noir, mystery and bluesy big band song and dance numbers that on a surface level play brilliantly. show more

  • 30
    Austin Chronicle

    Let no one ever say that Dark Streets doesn't have the perfect title. It may not be much more than a stylized regurgitation of creaky film-noir clichés and crime-fiction conventions … but its streets are undeniably dark. show more

  • 58
    Entertainment Weekly

    Alas, the flimsy plot -- less a whodunit than an isn't-it-screamingly-obvious-that-that-guy-done-it! -- will have thriller fans singing the blues. show more

  • 42
    M. E. Russell Portland Oregonian

    The script is just all kinds of terrible. The characters are hollow mannequins telling a thin, depressing story that's less of a noir and more of a simple-minded bummer full of barely connected scenes and stunningly empty dialogue. show more

  • 25
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Pretentious mess of a movie. show more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times

    The movie, drawn from Wallace King's adaptation of Glenn Stewart's play, drips with style, but it's all flourish and no reveal. show more

  • 40
    Village Voice

    The film has its shallow pleasures, but once it becomes obvious that that's all Dark Streets has going for it, the affected performances and forced tough-guy speak stop feeling playful and start to become oppressive. show more

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