Force of Evil
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Joe Morse wants to consolidate all the small-time numbers racket operators into a single powerful organization. But, his older brother is one of these small operators, and he wants things to stay the way they are, rather than dealing with the gangsters who dominate the big-time.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For all its unpleasant nature, it must be said that this film is a dynamic crime-and-punishment drama, brilliantly and broadly realized."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"One of the major themed films of the '40s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A gripping thriller with a terrific performance by Garfield. It seems only the good peformers and directors got blacklisted (in this case Garfield and Polonsky)."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"A poetic, terse, beautifully exact, and highly personal re-creation of the American underworld, with an unpunctuated Joycean screenplay by Polonsky that is perhaps unique in the American cinema."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Top notch Garfield vehicle"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A thinly-veiled outright damnation of capitalism and its merger-heavy practices. Heavy-handed but quite intriguing and poetic."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Force of Evil is a masterpiece, usually lumped in with films noir of the period, but unique."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"At its best, Force achieves a style at once brutal and poetic, documentarian and noir."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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