Kiss Me Deadly
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Regarded by many critics as the ultimate film noir , and by many more as the finest movie adaptation of a book by Mickey Spillane, Kiss Me Deadly stars Ralph Meeker as Spillane's anti-social private eye Mike Hammer. While driving down a lonely road late one evening, Hammer picks up a beautiful blonde hitchhiker (Cloris Leachman), dressed in nothing but a raincoat. At first, Hammer assumes that the incoherent girl is an escaped lunatic; his mind is changed for him when he and the girl are abducted by two thugs. The men torture the girl to death as the semiconscious Hammer watches… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This independently produced low-budget film was a shining example for the New Wave directors -- Truffaut, Godard, et al -- who found it proof positive that commercial films could accommodate the quirkiest and most personal of visions."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's not the greatest thriller ever, but Kiss Me Deadly is classic film noir."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"In the years since its release, Kiss Me Deadly has been copied so many times that many of its boldest elements are familiar, but they've done little to dull its overall impact."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"... delivers a pulp punch while it savagely satirizes the entire hardboiled mythos with its bare-knuckle brutality, flights of purple prose dialogue and he-man chauvinism ..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"As brutal and cynical as the movie is, Aldrich knows how to seduce the audience; it still resembles a crackerjack crime movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The trail leads to a series of amorous dames, murder-minded plug-uglies and dangerous adventures that offer excitement but have little clarity to let the viewer know what's going on."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's not a horror movie by any means, but like a good horror movie it has images and tiny loose ends that make sense on a subconscious level."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The plot of the book is jettisoned for something altogether more terrifying and mysterious: Possession of a box that glows from within every time it is opened, however briefly. If that sounds like Pulp Fiction, well, it is, only 40 years earlier."
‑ Eric Melin,
"one of the most memorable of American film noir, a remarkable fusion of hard-boiled mystery and atomic horror"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"I theme and style, Aldrich's apocalyptic film noir is an eccentric work, in many ways ahead of its times."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A crucial influence on what would become the French new wave, an irresistibly seedy trip through the Los Angeles underworld, and a valuable artifact of Cold War anxiety."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"Aldrich's annihilating masterpiece, one of the decade's key works"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Kiss Me Deadly was so far out there that it is usually viewed as an end point to the classic film noir cycle."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"...a cubist noir of the atomic age."
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"In the dingy, black-and-white halls of the film noir pantheon, they've a special place set aside for Kiss Me Deadly."
‑ , Film4
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