Extremely over-hyped. I came in expecting a noir masterpiece and got and endless stream of exposition and televisual camerawork. Bogart tried to carry the film and I guess that fooled people back then but it really doesn't hold up in any way shape or form except in that it was an early noir but aside from that not really anything special
I can't help but feel like the plot gets too bloated for its own good; but, there's so much good going on, that I can't get too worked up about it. The atmosphere is intense, the dialogue is film noir at its most deliciously cynical, and the characters and performances are still wonderful, undiminished by constant plagiarism and parody (particularly Bogart, giving his best work behind "Treasure of the Sierra Madre")
Shady villains, mysterious treasure, twisting schemes, dangerous women, and a smooth-talking detective - what, should he learn to stutter? - mix it all together for a fun, exciting film noir. The cast of colorful characters - led by the Bogart's peerless cool - gets most of the praise but it's worth the ride just for the fun detective story. I give it a B+.