Five Star Final
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A muckraking newspaper editor is forced to take a long, hard look at his dirty profession when his manipulative tactics result in death and disgrace for a beleaguered family. This hard-hitting pre-code talkie, adapted from a stage production, features a bravura performance from Edward G. Robinson.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Edward G. Robinson means a lot to this entertainment."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This early entry in the Warner 'social protest' cycle hasn't worn nearly so well as Hecht-Milestone's much less solemn and self-righteous The Front Page."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Mervyn LeRoy's expose of greedy tabloid journalism was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, but is not as compelling as the similarly-themed The Front Page, though Edward G. Robinson is good."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Worth seeing mainly for Karloff's colorful performance in a character role."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This production races along without a desultory instant."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"This is an offbeat but fascinating film which pillories the transgressions of the muckraking tabloids so popular in the 1920s."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Five Star Final is perhaps the darkest in the cycle of journalist-themed films produced in Hollywood during the early 1930s."
‑ Brian Darr, Senses of Cinema
"Despite a great turn by Robinson, the acting nearly sinks this film."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Mervyn LeRoy directed, doing a lot better with the newspaper chatter than with the long stretches of melodrama."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A blistering indictment of tabloid journalism and built around one of Edward G. Robinson's most compelling performances."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Thanks to the performances, especially Robinson as the tabloid editor and Marsh as the victim, the film is still engrossing."
‑ , Film4
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