Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy (1990)

Based on the famed detective hero of the comics, the story finds Dick Tracy in 1938 Chicago attempting to stop the crime spree of Big Boy Caprice.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 14, 1990
DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dick Tracy is stylish, unique, and an undeniable technical triumph, but it ultimately struggles to rise above its two-dimensional artificiality.

Keith Phipps

The film moves at a chug when it should put the pedal to the floor.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This has an appealing two-dimensional comic-book look, but lacks the vision to go with it, not to mention an interesting hero or a feeling for action.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

"Dick Tracy" isn't in the top tier of comic-book adaptations, but ingenuous art direction and set decoration and some crazy make-up jobs create a film that's still a delight to watch.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Beatty and his team of collaborators have heightened the vibrantly tawdry urban night world of Chester Gould's classic comic strip.

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Time Out

A spectacular movie whose technical achievements -- notably the sharp editing -- will surely provide a gauge by which subsequent comic strip films are judged.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fails to be a compelling watch.

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Variety Staff

Though it looks ravishing, Warren Beatty's longtime pet project is a curiously remote, uninvolving film.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Summer hasn't officially arrived yet, but it's unlikely to offer a big-budget commercial movie as thoroughly entertaining as this stylish real-life cartoon.

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A waste of time and money.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Based on the hugely popular comic strip from the 30's Tracy was merely a regular tough guy cop in an era that fought mobsters or hoods. The main difference… More
Manu Gino
Their turf. Their game. Their rules. They didn't count on His law... Very good crime/comedy film. The style was really what made me watch it and was very… More
Lucas Martins
Dark, charming with the popular style of comics, Dick Tracy is not one of the best pictures about heroes, but is one of the most unforgettables. Fresh.
David Ladd
Dick Tracy is a comic book that pre-dates even Batman and Superman, having made his debut in 1931. The "cops and robbers" storyline is based off of… More
Graham Jones
Though the film as whole doesn't totally work, visually and stylistically, this is a masterpiece. Also a fantastic cast altogether and a standout… More
Aj V
I've never been able to make up my mind about this movie. It's got horrible dialogue, it's way over the top, Madonna's in it, and the story… More