The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

James M. Cain's novel received its first authorized screen treatment in this MGM production. Drifter Frank Chambers (John Garfield) takes a job at a roadhouse run by slovenly but likeable Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway). Nick's sexy… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 2, 1946
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

The Postman Always Rings Twice is a masterclass in noir.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The movie is not a wild river but a humid delta of stagnant frustration and stymied movement, so it's all the more impressive that it's such a gripping spectatorial experience.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Part sultry romance, part mystery thriller, the movie continues to keep audiences involved with its edgy character relationships and unforeseen tensions.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Gripping tale doubles as allegory about exploited workers and economic revolt.

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Josh Larsen

...has little of the insinuating nature of the best film noir.

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Bob Ross
Tampa Tribune

Better than the remake

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the great cruel jokes in early film noir.

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Clint Morris

Whilst the Jack/Jessica version was entertaining it was seemingly only interested in 'pushing the envelope', this film doesn't need to do any of that - and doesn't - it just plays out the story, and that's gripping enough.

Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide

The characters are corrupt at a level so basic that no amount of absolution can cleanse them of their sins

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
I wasn't expecting a classic film noir along the lines of "Double Indemnity" or "Out of the Past" when I finally got around to watching… More
Devon Bott
A film full of wicked people, ugly lawyers, and scheming lovers. Really, there's practically no one here who's sympathetic. It's the sort of… More
Lewis C.
"Darling, can't you see how happy you and I would be together here...without him?" In this steamy collaboration between John Garfield and Lana… More
Mark Hobin
Classic film noir adapted from James M. Cain's novel, details the relationship of a woman in a marriage of convenience and the aimless drifter she's… More
Aj V
Another good thriller from the forties, somewhat like a lot of other thrillers, but it has a good cast, it's worth watching.
Jennifer Xu
I just realized I don't particularly like conventional film noir. It's too dramatic for me and the lighting is too chiaroscuro obvious. I didn't… More