The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep (1946)

The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle, The Big Sleep casts Bogart as Raymond Chandler's cynical private eye Philip Marlowe. Summoned to the home of the fabulously wealthy General Sternwood (Charles Waldron), Marlowe is… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 31, 1946
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
James Agee
TIME Magazine

The Big Sleep is wakeful fare for folks who don't care what is going on, or why, so long as the talk is hard and the action harder.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

What you remember here are moments.

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John Pym
Monthly Film Bulletin

The plethora of killings now seems on the whole less horrific than it once did, while the film's tone of escalating absurdity in a genuinely dark world grows if anything even more sprightly as the years go by.

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Manny Farber
The New Republic

The Big Sleep, though, is witty and sinister, and in an odd way is a realistic portrayal of big-city life with Arabian Nights overtones.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

This is arguably the high-water mark of Hollywood's love affair with the infinitely slippery possibilities of the English language.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Classic noir gem has menace, innuendo.

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Variety Staff

Brittle Chandler characters have been transferred to the screen with punch by Howard Hawks' production and direction, providing full load of rough, tense action most of the way.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It's likely to leave you confused and dissatisfied.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

"I don't like your manners." "I don't like them myself. They're pretty bad... I grieve over them on long winter evenings."

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
If one enjoys a detective outing that makes sense, where all the dots connect, then one need search elsewhere, making sense is not the purpose here. But if… More
Jim Hunter
Phillip Marlowe gets embroiled in a family's drama, which quickly turns murderous. Everything about this film is perfect. The mystery is compelling and… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A smart detective story full of the most exquisite dialogue and with an extremely complex plot that prompts us to try to connect the pieces of the intricate… More
Sergio Garcia
Just watch Humphrey Bogart. Listen and enjoy. New actors...please learn something...anything.
Chris Weber
it's supposed to be a classic, and, while I did enjoy this film noir caper, I must's pretty overrated. Based on a novel by Raymond Chandler,… More
Graham Jones
Bogart gives a pitch perfect performance as Philp Marlowe in the second Hawks/Bogart/Bacall classic. This noir gem is a true treat to watch.