Double Indemnity
Double Indemnity (1944)

Directed by Billy Wilder and adapted from a James M. Cain novel by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, Double Indemnity represents the high-water mark of 1940s film noir urban crime dramas in which a greedy, weak man is seduced and trapped by a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A dark, tautly constructed adaptation of James M. Cain's novel -- penned by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler -- Double Indemnity continues to set the standard for the best in Hollywood film noir.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

This expert night of the Hollywood soul is such a genre axiom it practically scans like a mid-'40s shopper's catalogue for noiristes ...

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Variety Staff
Variety

MacMurray has seldom given a better performance. It is somewhat different from his usually light roles, but is always plausible and played with considerable restraint.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The quintessential film noir -- acid and snappy, and shockingly cold-blooded.

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TIME Magazine

Double Indemnity is the season's nattiest, nastiest, most satisfying melodrama.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

The film is a brilliant collision of evil and the mundane, and one of the reasons viewers respond to it so well is that it makes the mundane seem a little sexier in the resulting debris.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Quite possibly the most perfect example of film noir to emerge from Hollywood during that genre's reign.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Wilder trades Cain's sun-rot imagery for conventional film noir stylings, but the atmosphere of sexual entrapment survives.

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Jessica Winter
Time Out

This is the gold standard of '40s noir, straight down the line.

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Dan Geary
Total Film

Even though you already know it isn't going to end well, it's suffused with a clammy-handed anxiety that belies its age. The dialogue, too, is classic Wilder -- almost poetic in its snappy, purple lyricism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Thrilling and suspenseful, Double Indemnity is a complex classic that deserves to be seen and praised by all movie-goers. You won't be able to keep your… More
xGary Xx
Fast talking insurance salesman Fred MacMurray falls for beautiful but ice cold oil tycoon's wife Barbara Stanwyck and together they hatch a scheme to kill… More
Carlos Magalhães
One of the most indisputable definers of noir, a classic film with a fantastic direction and cinematography, a deliciously acid dialogue, some amazing… More
Chris Weber
Before anything, let's just look at the talent behind this film: Based on a novel by James M. Cain, directed by Billy Wilder, script by Wilder and Raymond… More
Albert Kim
"Double Indemnity" is a marvelously crafted noir film that is purely driven by its impeccable narrative and flawless filmmaking techniques. Billy… More
Dan Schultz
A well-executed noir smash concerning a gullible insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray) who gets suckered into a scheme to murder the much older husband (Tom… More

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