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Screenwriter Dixon Steele, faced with the odious task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hatcheck girl Mildred Atkinson tell him the story in her own words. Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect. His record of belligerence when angry and his macabre sense of humor tell against him. Fortunately, lovely neighbor Laurel Gray gives him an alibi. Laurel proves to be just what Steele needs, and their friendship ripens into love. Will suspicion, doubt and Steele's inner demons come between them?

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Few movies suggest such a forthright flaying of their director's soul."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"It's a breathtaking work, and a key citation in the case for confession as suitable material for art."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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 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
"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
"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
"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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