Straight Time
Straight Time (1978)

Paroled criminal Max Dembo is compelled to withstand the calculated cruelties of parole officer Earl Frank. The more Max tries to go straight, the more he is defeated by circumstance. It eventually becomes clear that neither Hoffman nor his… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 18, 1978
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

There are authentic, gripping elements in the firm. An overwhelming starring performance could have unified those elements emotionally.

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Rob Gonsalves

Dustin Hoffman finally gave the unquestionably great performance everyone had been expecting from him. Unfortunately, few people saw it.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Straight Time packs a punch--thanks to the intense and well-modulated performance by Dustin Hoffman.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
El Hombre Invisible
Based on a novel by Edward Bunker, Straight Time is possibly one of the most realistic cinematic probes into the sociopathic psyche of the career criminal.… More
Michael S
Superb, but sadly forgotten, character study.
Michael Gildea
I watch a lot of movies and most of them are decent. A lot of the time I've got to convince myself that I didn't just waste a couple hours of my time… More
jay nixon
dull ugly looking film
Pierluigi Puccini
A hidden jewel that shows 70s gritty and raw cinematic power. Perfect Hoffman characterization of Max Dembo, a man who sees crime as the main engine of his… More
Danny Rovira
A fascinating character study of a hardcore career criminal, Max Dembo, Dustin Hoffman in one of his finest and most underrated performances. Dembo is a loser… More