The Naked City
The Naked City (1948)

"There are eight million stories in the Naked City," intones producer/narrator Mark Hellinger at the climax of this Manhattan-filmed detective drama. The story we're concerned with here begins with the "bathtub… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A definite parochial fascination is liberally assured all the way and the seams in a none-too-good whodunnit are rather cleverly concealed.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The on-location photography and final minutes on the streets and bridge are impressive, but this noir is more memorable for what it inspired to follow it than in its slow talky self.

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Jake Euker
Filmcritic.com

What The Naked City does is paint an indelible vision of both the New York City that never sleeps and of the human life and industry that teems within it

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A first-rate police thriller.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

One of Jules Dassin's best features is a quintessential film noir, distinguished by its on-location shooting and Daniels' sharp imagery, which deservedly won the Oscar

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This superlative film set the pattern for myriad documentary-type dramas to come.

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Michelle Devereaux
The Skinny

If this is noir, it's the most brightly lit, least antisocial noir ever.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Affords the viewer a look at a type of city life that has long since disappeared, giving the film a kind of documentary time-capsule flavor.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It plays as just another crime episode in a typical homicide detective's day.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Crazy cool Weegee-esque 1947 New York exteriors. This movie begins where most film noirs end. Slightly humdrum police procedural but at the time it was a real… More
Reid Volk
A distant procedural that confirms our worst fears: that committing a murder is as commonplace as going to work in the Big Apple. Right from it's… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Just a ripping good police drama with New York as the ever present backdrop. Barry Fitzgerald is the lead (!!!) (and atypically reserved ... though he does… More
Devon Bott
Frank Niles might be one of the dumbest "conmen" to ever grace the silver screen. He's a horrible, unconvincing liar who is caught almost… More
Spencer S.
Another in a long line of detective films, I can't justifiably call this a noir by any means. Sure, it's certainly gritty and calls upon the same… More
Michael Gildea
The Naked City is almost enough to piss off the Pope the first time you see it. Producer Mark Hellinger's narration starts off as an unexpected treat… More