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A haunting work of stark confessionalism disguised as a taut noir thriller, In a Lonely Place -- Nicholas Ray's bleak, desperate tale of fear and self-loathing in Hollywood -- remains one of the filmmaker's greatest and most deeply resonant features. It stars Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele, a fading screenwriter suffering from creative burnout; hired to adapt a best-selling novel, instead of reading the book itself he asks the hat-check girl (Martha Stewart) at his favorite nightclub to simply tell him the plot. The morning after, the girl is found brutally murdered, and Steele is the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The genre trappings of this noir masterpiece -- which details the short-lived relationship between live-wire screenwriter Dixon Steele (Bogart) and his goldilocked muse Laurel Gray (Grahame) -- don't matter a whit."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Director Nicholas Ray maintains nice suspense. Bogart is excellent. Gloria Grahame, as his romance, also rates kudos."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Bogie the superstar laid bare by Nicholas Ray's scrutiny, the legendary persona eroded to reveal the desolating macho violence"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Grim and haunting, this quintessentially film noir boasts iconic performances from Bogart and Gloria Grahame and is one of the most personal, deeply felt works by Nicholas Ray."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ray wrings plenty of sweat from the Hitchcockian premise, and Bogart outdoes himself as a man mid-breakdown."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"The grayest, most morally ambiguous of film noirs -- and arguably the most self-reflexive."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Never were despair and solitude so romantically alluring."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Disturbing look at a violent man."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Nicholas Ray's 1950 film deserves to be better known; it's one of Hollywood's finest examinations of masculinity."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
"As compelling now as the day it was released."
‑ , Film4
"It's a breathtaking work, and a key citation in the case for confession as suitable material for art."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A superior cut of melodrama."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"For many admirers In a Lonely Place is the ultimate inside-Hollywood sour-grape ball, eclipsing even Sunset Boulevard."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"grim and glorious"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"It's a truly great film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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