Kiss Me Deadly
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

This film noir stars Ralph Meeker as Mickey Spillane's anti-social private eye Mike Hammer. After he and a hitchhiker are kidnapped by thugs, the semiconscious Hammer helplessly watches as the girl is tortured to death. Seeking… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 23, 1955
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An intriguing, wonderfully subversive blend of art and commerce, Kiss Me Deadly is an influential noir classic.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

The actors' idiosyncratic voices, wrapped around such chrome-plated poetry as "the great whatsit" and "va-va-voom," are as hauntingly musical as Aldrich's images.

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Jessica Winter
Time Out

A crucial influence on what would become the French new wave, an irresistibly seedy trip through the Los Angeles underworld, and a valuable artifact of Cold War anxiety.

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Fernando F. Croce

Aldrich's annihilating masterpiece, one of the decade's key works

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This independently produced low-budget film was a shining example for the New Wave directors -- Truffaut, Godard, et al -- who found it proof positive that commercial films could accommodate the quirkiest and most personal of visions.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's not the greatest thriller ever, but Kiss Me Deadly is classic film noir.

Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

In the years since its release, Kiss Me Deadly has been copied so many times that many of its boldest elements are familiar, but they've done little to dull its overall impact.

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Variety Staff

The trail leads to a series of amorous dames, murder-minded plug-uglies and dangerous adventures that offer excitement but have little clarity to let the viewer know what's going on.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's not a horror movie by any means, but like a good horror movie it has images and tiny loose ends that make sense on a subconscious level.

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Eric Melin

The plot of the book is jettisoned for something altogether more terrifying and mysterious: Possession of a box that glows from within every time it is opened, however briefly. If that sounds like Pulp Fiction, well, it is, only 40 years earlier.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Tough-as-nails private detective Mike Hammer is thrown into the middle of a murder mystery when a desperate hitchhiker (Cloris Leachman in her first film role)… More
Stefanie C
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Reid Volk
A meandering, nihilistic Noir that birthed the "golden briefcase" motif that still perplexes film students in universities across the country.… More
Steven Carrier
I want to say that "Kiss Me Deadly" is a great example of the film noir sensibilities of the 1950s, but that would be doing the film a disservice.… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
The movie gets it's reputation for the second half for sure, and for the ending. The first half is very average by-the-number noir routine, then it starts… More
Aj V
This is a pretty brutal, but stylized looking film. It's sort of a film noir, but it's more modern. The ending is very strange, and unexpected too.… More