After Dark, My Sweet
After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

A one-time boxer turned drifter is sucked into a kidnapping plot, thanks to his involvement with a sultry but troubled widow. The scheme goes horribly awry, and the drifter and his cohorts are forced to resort to desperate measures in this… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1990
DVD Release Date: March 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

A brisk, entertaining contemporary melodrama.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

If anything, though, Foley makes Thompson's killing universe too inviting, too sunny and comfortable. He's missed the essence of Thompson, but all in all, there are worse ways of failing.

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Clint Morris

Tour-de-force performances all-round

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The film is a hot-wired crime thriller that captures [Jim] Thompson's flair for hard action, malicious wit and fevered eroticism.

Dan Callahan
Reverse Shot

Patric plays one of those sweet and totally limited ex-boxers that only seem to exist in the movies and in pulp novels.

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

If you actually force yourself to sit all the way through After Dark, My Sweet, it'll almost certainly leave you feeling punch-drunk.

Joe Brown
Washington Post

Foley has brought the novel subtly up to date, and does a good job of maintaining Thompson's artful ambiguity.

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Emanuel Levy

After the compromised result of the noirish At Close Range, Foley shows imporovement in giving Jim Thompson's 1955 tale the right tone and visuals, though he should have cast the femme fatale with a better actress than Rachel Ward.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This is the real thing from start to finish.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Eric S
Yet again, here I go reviewing a film from a while back('90). However, I just saw this again and had t give it a mention. Jason Patric is truly one of the… More
Anthony Valletta
Nice bit of modern Film Noir.
Lady D'arbanville
Dull and extremely drawn out, Jason Patric was the only good thing about this film as a hardened mysterious character - definitely not a recommendation.
Stella Dallas
good desert noir with jason patric as a punchy ex-fighter who's not quite as dumb as he looks