Devil in a Blue Dress
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

It was fate and circumstance that led black WW II veteran Easy Rawlins to become a private detective. Living in 1948 LA, he had just lost his job at an aircraft plant. He needs money to pay the mortgage on his GI bill home and so when… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Humor, interesting characters, and attention to details make the stylish Devil in a Blue Dress an above average noir.

Todd McCarthy

Entering the main flow of the story relatively late, Don Cheadle steals all his scenes as a live-wire, trigger-happy old buddy of Easy's from Texas, while Sizemore and Mel Winkler, as colorful underworld figures, make strong impressions.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A fluid, persuasive piece of movie-making graced with the considerable visual sophistication.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Stylish neo-noir.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Sheer pleasure.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The film also does a convincing job of re-creating Los Angeles of 1948 with both specificity and poetry.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Invoking social realism more than pulp fiction, Carl Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress is an innovative genre film on several counts.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The role of Easy looks as tailor-made for Mr. Washington as his suit, and it shows off the full effect of this actor's movie-star dazzle.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A bland, workaday detective flick.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

In the aftermath of the Oscars, it now seems clear that Devil in a Blue Dress was one of the best films of 1995.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
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A lot of this movie is unintentionally funny, mostly because it is so obvious in trying to mock the whole Film Noir genre. However, it really doesn't end… More
Stephen M
Though well acted and beautifully crafted, "Devil in a Blue Dress" falls short of being something special because, although the concept of an African… More
xGary Xx
Honest working stiff Denzel Washington finds himself out of a job and desperate for money, so he accepts a job locating a young woman for a shady stranger.… More
danny d
The most underrated movie ever made. Brilliant. washington and cheadle delivered two of the better acting performances i have ever seen. a throwback to the… More
Arash Xak
This movie would have been so much better if it wasn't made at all & Denzel Washington is annoying like always
Aaron Neuwirth
Easy Rawlins: A man once told me that you step out of your door in the morning, and you are already in trouble. The only question is are you on top of that… More