The Blue Gardenia
The Blue Gardenia (1953)

A woman finds herself accused of murdering the stranger she went home with in this film noir. Knowing only that the killer, who beat the man to death with a poker, is a woman, a reporter posts an open plea for the murderess to turn herself… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 23, 1953
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The weakness in this case clearly lies in a script by Charles Hoffman, which is hackneyed and tedious from beginning to end.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Relatively minor but still gripping film noir.

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Fernando F. Croce

Fritz Lang on a shoestring, photographing Los Angeles with Bu˝uelian speed and strangeness

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TIME Magazine

The somewhat wilted plot manages to take on an unaccustomed bloom in Fritz Lang's direction and the acting of an adept cast.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

[A] little-seen thriller from Fritz Lang's rich and strange late period.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Made the same year as The Big Heat, Fritz Lang's lesser-known The Blue Gardenia plays just as well.

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Variety Staff

A stock story and handling keep The Blue Gardenia from being anything more than a regulation mystery melodrama.

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TV Guide

This is one of Fritz Lang's weaker efforts in film noir, although his great visual style is evident in every scene.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Emotionally involving thriller, directed with inventivess

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Another good thriller from Fritz Lang. It's really exciting and dramatic, and the actors are good. I liked this movie.
Randy Tippy
Have you ever discovered that someone was planning a surprise party for you so you went along with it, acting surprised even though you really weren't? And… More
Michael Gildea
Really disappointing noir. The only entertaining thing was Raymond Burr.