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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Force of Evil

    The film noir as art film; elusive, inscrutable, with symbolic elements; Cain & Abel, a decent into subterranean worlds; capitalism as literal black death. The love story seems an afterthought, but it's the performances, heightened & emotional, like the great American theatre, & the dialog, which has a kind of street poetry to it, which thrills. Direction & cinematography are also impeccable; that amazing noir style.

  2. FISCHER's rating of the film Force of Evil

    Un metteur en scène, hélas méconnu par le grand public, peu prolifique (cinq films) pour une oeuvre puissante qui a sa place dans le gotha du film noir américain...

  3. film_lies101's rating of the film Force of Evil

    Didn't enjoy this as much as most people, I"ll have have to go back and see why that is

  4. Aardsy's rating of the film Force of Evil

    Like a firecracker, you dope.

  5. Tibulle85's rating of the film Force of Evil

    Un film noir de noir, au ton très sombre et fataliste: à peine le personnage principal a-t-il franchi le seuil de la "corruption" que débute sa (très rapide) déchéance. Le film est incontestablemt une très belle œuvre, tjs avec le N&B sublime de l'époque. Mais il manque encore une fois (je pense par ex. à "the big combo" diffusé il y a quelque temps) ce petit grain de folie ou d'originalité qui fait les grands films.

  6. Jo's rating of the film Force of Evil

  7. BUSTER TIERNEY's rating of the film Force of Evil

    Dans un splendide N&B (digne du plus beau des pandas, évidemment), Garfield est particulièrement remarquable, intense, contenu.

  8. Balthaz21's rating of the film Force of Evil

  9. Bilouaustria's rating of the film Force of Evil

    i know it is Scorsese´s favorite blablabla. Well ok, shoutout to George Barnes for the cinematography (magnificent black and white) but boy, this is not what i call a scenario. All the characters here have "strong" convictions, only to abandon them in the next scene ! Because Garfield is the devil ? Or because it was convenient for the script ? Good noir with too much of a reputation.

  10. Ethan's rating of the film Force of Evil

    This is one of the greatest film noirs of all time. It is devastating, haunting, and gritty, all the ingredients you need for a great film noir. John Garfield just had that sleazy all American mentality that played perfectly in his films.

  11. Log Lady's rating of the film Force of Evil

    The actual content is not quite up to par compared with the cinematography, which is occasionally pretty amazing, adding claustrophobia to some of the scenes. Garfield leads the way, but Windsor's character seems out of place and pointless. Not the masterpiece I supposed, but for the visuals and the intensity alone a must-see for film noir fans.

  12. Robert W Peabody III's rating of the film Force of Evil

    _"To go to great expense for something you want, that's natural. To reach out to take it, that's human, that's natural. How it is to hate yourself ...... from not getting, from not taking."_

  13. Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film Force of Evil

    A nightmare. New York is like a twisting metal parasite, sucking the life and color out of everything. Choking it. This is one of the most intense of film noirs, and yet despite its intensity, its violence, its claustrophobic feeling of oppression, there is redemption, good, and justice. Powerful stuff.

  14. Paul Jazz's rating of the film Force of Evil

    Just saw this for the first time - amazing photography and convincing performances, one of the best noirs ever? Probably slightly overlooked by the fact that the leading man was not Mitchum or Bogart

  15. AKFilmFan's rating of the film Force of Evil

    Influential to Scorsese's films, this noir is full of corruption, excellent performances, and great dialogue.

  16. Sudipto Basu's rating of the film Force of Evil

    I don't think the dialogue is as poetic as it is sometimes cracked up to be, but that's no big quibble. This is a really solid film about corruption.

  17. Dave's rating of the film Force of Evil

    Another classic noir that doesn't quite connect with me. The screenplay, which is often lauded, is far too preaching for me and the characters I am supposed to feel sorry simply aren't redeeming to me. It looks great in spots, but outside of that I consider it overrated.

  18. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Force of Evil

    One of the best Film Noir ever produced. One of the most desperate also. New-York City looks like a metallic spider waiting for its next victim. John Garfield, who was a real bankable Hollywood star then, is unfortunately a little bit forgotten nowadays. Let's not forget him ! Masterpiece.

  19. Pulpwino's rating of the film Force of Evil

    A near perfect noir; the only thing that doesn't quite work for me is the relationship between John Garfield's and Mary Windsor's characters. Moreover, Windsor doesn't quite match the rest of the actors in the film. Besides that, a force of fantastic noir.