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
Variety

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
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"
Graham Jones
Bogart is frightening in Nicholas Ray's masterpiece.
Stella Dallas
a very dark view of hollywood and the finest work of ray, bogart & gloria grahame. remarkable chemistry and self reflexive honesty rarely seen in… 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
Jim Hunter
A screenwriter, suspected of murder, falls for his neighbor, a witness who clears him of the crime. Now, with Bogie firmly entrenched as a screen legend, it is… More