The Singing Detective
The Singing Detective (2003)

Dan Dark gives new meaning to the term "scars of childhood." A hack writer of detective stories, he has suffered from psoriatic arthropathy, a crippling disease of the skin and bones, from the time he was eight-years-old. His… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 24, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Delightful performance from Robert Downey Jr. can't save The Singing Detective's transition from TV to the big screen.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... it is just a little bit too much of a disjointed mess.

Tom Long
Detroit News

It stands completely on Downey's tragi-comic performance, although the rest of the cast -- particularly Penn and Gibson -- do good work as well.

Cole Smithey

The film's colorful song-and-dance set pieces rely on lip-synced '50s songs that are the weakest link in a bumbling but gregarious movie.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

When I saw it at Sundance, my attention was divided because I was trying to process the meaning of the jagged structure. Seeing it again a week ago, knowing what to expect, I found it a more moving experience.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Although the miniseries spent time developing the strands of the interwoven stories, the movie flits from idea to idea and plays like a chaotic, failed experiment.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Inventive mess, filled with pock marks.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

The Singing Detective has to settle for a hung jury.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

If the movie doesn't really work, it's because it's a hard piece to bring off, an extremely high mark to hit. Still, enough magic is left, especially in Downey's performance, to shock and beguile us.

Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

The first two thirds are a lot of fun and a showcase for Robert Downey Jr.'s immense talents.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A great performance by Robert Downey Jr., an early Katie Holmes role and a small part played by a heavily made-up Mel Gibson do their best, but they don't… More
Curtis Lilly
Um...Robert Jr is creepy, and has katie holmes do creepy things to his creepy body.
Conner Rainwater
This could have been amazing, but it fell short of an interesting story. The cast was good, but didn't really get to show off their talent due to the… More
Dean McKenna
This film adaptation of Dennis Potter's acerbic TV drama-comedy-musical sucks.
Leigh Ryan
Complete madness...
Brendan Nicholls
total mess of a film and a giant waste of talent