Nightmare Alley

critic Reviews

, 80% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • While it may not hit quite as hard as the original, Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley is a modern noir thriller with a pleasantly pulpy spin.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Caroline SiedeFox 10 Phoenix
    Though "Nightmare Alley" is too long and meandering to totally work as a cohesive film, theres no doubt it has images that will stick with you none more so than its haunting final shot.
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    Isaac FeldbergInverse
    Nightmare Alley feels gorgeously and intricately alive on the screen. Its shadows are luxuriant and deep, often threatening to swallow the characters whole, and the actors play their parts with an aplomb that rivals del Toro’s own.
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    Adam KempenaarFilmspotting
    The genuine, pleasant surprise for me was discovering truly what an unabashed, all-out noir it was. Blanchett's character, the big scheme, the hubris and pushing the scheme too far, the fatalism.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    The one to see is the one from 1947.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    It's hard to think of a noir story that would be better suited to del Toro as a director -- the arch-fabulist who fears men more than he does monsters.
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    Mark KermodeObserver (UK)
    From its bruised colour palette to its spiralling descent into madness and degradation, this is deliciously damnable fare, looking back through the prism of Del Toro's adventurous oeuvre to the existential angst of his vampiric feature debut, Cronos.
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    Alejandro G. CalvoSensacine
    Too many branches for very little forest. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Paula Vázquez PrietoLa Nación (Argentina)
    ... A lavish and important film, full of stars and artificially opaque colors, art deco furniture and impeccable rugs. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Arturo MagañaCine Premiere
    A perfect metaphor for the consequences of empty ambition. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Hugo Hernández ValdiviaCinexcepción
    A tragedy of biblical proportions. [Full review in Spanish]
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