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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"A tour de force for Swanson and one of Wilder's better efforts."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Still the best Hollywood movie ever made about Hollywood."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Billy Wilder's deft weaving of gothic elements, not the least of which is Nora's decrepit mansion, casts a spell from which Joe is unable to break free. He, like the audience, is stuck in a terrible place awaiting an equally frightful fate."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Norma is something of a living legend, but she's also an unaware ghost: no longer of the world in which she thinks she lives."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Tears away at the curtain that keeps reality away from fiction."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"...They rate a nod for daring, as well as credit for an all-around filmmaking job that, disregarding the unpleasant subject matter, is a standout."
‑ William Brogdon, Variety
"What's not recognized enough is the indelible, self-sickened performance of William Holden as Desmond's boy-toy/hired hack."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"One of the great joys of the film is watching the way in which William Holden's naturalistic performance clashes with an actress and performance style from an earlier age."
‑ Brian Holcomb, CinemaBlend.com
"A must for fans of ruthless black comedy."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"if you have the dream to make it to Tinsel Town, you might want to check this flick out because Hollywood is as hard on dreams as it was back in the 1950s"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"One of Wilder's finest, and certainly the blackest of all Hollywood's scab-scratching accounts of itself."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This is the greatest film about Hollywood ever put on celluloid by Hollywood."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"An uncompromising study of American decadence displaying a sad, worn, methodical beauty few films have had since the late twenties."
‑ Manny Farber, The Nation
"Sunset Boulevard's entire point of view is based on a gimmick. Whether one considers it an "artistic cheat" or a valid and audacious device depends up his ability and desire to suspend his disbelief."
‑ Tony Macklin, Bright Lights Film Journal
"Dark comedy. Film noir. Tragic romance. Hollywood satire. 'Sunset Boulevard' has it all."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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