The Hot Spot
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Hot Spot seeps with atmosphere, unfolds at a deceptively relaxed pace, steadily accumulates noirish grit, then dizzily plunges into a Lynch-like plumbing of the dark passions and nasty secrets at the heart of Main Street, USA."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"I feel at home in movies like "The Hot Spot." They come out of that vast universe formed by the historic meeting of B movies and the idea of film noir - films about the soft underbelly of the human conscience."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a nifty, nasty, sexy, and sometimes very funny little paperback of a movie that delivers its genre thrills with a light touch and an agreeable sense of its own lurid ridiculousness."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
"A pretty sexy and effective noir in broad daylight."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Nothing to write home about, but still a middling hoot"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The film might have been a camp hoot if it weren't for the fact that Hopper still believes in all this stuff - he likes his women molten, duplicitous, and in kinky high heels."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"[Madsen] keeps trying for Blanche DuBois and coming out with Gomer Pyle."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"This neo-noir film directed by Dennis Hopper is like a trashy pulp novel that you might read and enjoy at the beach."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"The Hot Spot is an incredibly hit-and-miss affair, with the various positive elements in the film hurt by a seriously overlong running time."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"comes dangerously close to clicking before fizzling out"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"For all its genre touches, ''The Hot Spot'' is best remembered for its little eccentricities."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
""Hot Spot" will never go down as timeless, neoclassic noir. But, with its Hopperlike moments, over-the-top performances and infectious music, it carries you along for a spell."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Lazily made neo-noir that sinks its teeth into the genre's cliches with limited success."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While much of the fun is in watching the serpentine plot unwind, Hopper also provides incidental pleasure through his acute dissection of small-town life."
‑ , Film4
"Maybe worth seeing just for Jennifer Connelly's numerous assets, otherwise it's a dry and wandering affair."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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