In a Lonely Place
In a Lonely Place (1950)

Screenwriter Dixon Steele, faced with the odious task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hatcheck girl Mildred Atkinson tell him the story in her own words. Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect. His record… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 17, 1950
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Few movies suggest such a forthright flaying of their director's soul.

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Variety Staff

Director Nicholas Ray maintains nice suspense. Bogart is excellent. Gloria Grahame, as his romance, also rates kudos.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's a deeply Freudian film that happens to understand Freud--testament to its enduring, unshakable nature.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The grayest, most morally ambiguous of film noirs -- and arguably the most self-reflexive.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Never were despair and solitude so romantically alluring.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

achieves an absolutely unrelenting grip because Ray plays so expertly on our associations, turning them inside out and against us

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's a breathtaking work, and a key citation in the case for confession as suitable material for art.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A superior cut of melodrama.

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Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

I've been returning to this Lonely Place for at least a dozen years, and it hasn't let go of me yet.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
verrrry good
Graham Jones
Bogart is frightening in Nicholas Ray's masterpiece.
Kevin M. Williams
Bogie plays a misunderstood artist who's a bit better than the typical Tinseltown hacks, who finally finds his Muse. Only it happens just as he is accused… More
Reid Volk
An indictment of Hollywood, a subversion of the romanticism associated with Hollywood, and the story of the plight of an aging writer who desires to remain true… More
jay nixon
good but with an extremely dark outlook
Tsubaki Sanjuro
"The man i love has gotten into many bar fights, OH NOES! HE'S A SERIAL KILLER AND HE'S GOING TO KILL ME, OH MY GAAAAAAAAAWD"