The Hot Spot
The Hot Spot (1990)

A drifter settles down in a small southwestern town and becomes involved in a web of crime and romance.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 12, 1990
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The Hot Spot seeps with atmosphere, unfolds at a deceptively relaxed pace, steadily accumulates noirish grit, then dizzily plunges into a Lynch-like plumbing of the dark passions and nasty secrets at the heart of Main Street, USA.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I feel at home in movies like "The Hot Spot." They come out of that vast universe formed by the historic meeting of B movies and the idea of film noir - films about the soft underbelly of the human conscience.

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

It's a nifty, nasty, sexy, and sometimes very funny little paperback of a movie that delivers its genre thrills with a light touch and an agreeable sense of its own lurid ridiculousness.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The film might have been a camp hoot if it weren't for the fact that Hopper still believes in all this stuff - he likes his women molten, duplicitous, and in kinky high heels.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

[Madsen] keeps trying for Blanche DuBois and coming out with Gomer Pyle.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

This neo-noir film directed by Dennis Hopper is like a trashy pulp novel that you might read and enjoy at the beach.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

For all its genre touches, ''The Hot Spot'' is best remembered for its little eccentricities.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

"Hot Spot" will never go down as timeless, neoclassic noir. But, with its Hopperlike moments, over-the-top performances and infectious music, it carries you along for a spell.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lazily made neo-noir that sinks its teeth into the genre's cliches with limited success.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
A good attempt at a film noir by Dennis Hopper. It's a little slow to begin with, but soon there are plenty of twists along the way. Things heat up when a… More
Wahida K
A tiny bit too slow and the plot messed up for me, but some steamy sex scenes and a young Don Jonhson was a candy to watch. My very first R rated Movie by the… More
Clintus Maximus
The Hot Spot is an outstanding erotic thriller from director Dennis Hopper, evocative of 40s film noir yet set perfectly in present day west Texas. Although… More
Doctor Strangeblog
Aptly named sultry modern noir moseys alongside drifter Don Johnson who takes a job as used car salesman in a dilapidated Texas town. Dueling for his attention… More
David Ladd
This is quintessential film noir, a little gem that reeks of Stanwyck and Mitchum and ripples with pithy one-liners, nicely convoluted plot twists and a classic… More