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Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion) back to product details

Noirest of the Noir
written by CCornell March 21, 2006 - 11:49 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This film is amazingly dark for its time. It should definitely be re-released today as it has a lot to say about modern man and the culture of violence - the world's teetering on the edge over an abyss of darkness. It brought up many feelings and thoughts I had after watching the current film, A History of Violence.

written by AZumaya December 28, 2004 - 1:23 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
A hidden treasure, a forgotten great piece of film noir...don't miss it.

Magnificent Insanity
written by sakana December 21, 2003 - 8:59 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
KISS ME DEADLY is one of the darkest, most outrageous noir films ever made. Its protagonist (Mike Hammer) is unrelentingly nasty, as is virtually everyone around him. In this world everyone lies; deception is the key to survival. Though he's sure that he has the world well under control, Hammer is after something bigger and more horrible than he can possibly imagine-- and, in the end, as the true horror of the story becomes clear, he's proved comically ineffective. In addition to the almost unimaginably grim story, KISS ME DEADLY possesses a stark, powerful visual style, clearly helped by its small budget. Anyone with an interest in noir must experience this film.

Another opinion
written by FOlmstead December 19, 2003 - 7:11 AM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
A damn sight better than I expected. I know thausman was disappointed and I was set to be after reading his review, but instead I was pleasantly surprised. As a fan of the "hard boiled" novels many noir films are based on, I often at odds with the casting and interpretation of stories that I had developed my own mental picture of. Maybe it's because I've never been a great Mickey Spillaine fan, or that I don't really recall anything about the original novel, but I give this one a thumbs up. Of course there are "cardboard characters" and yes, "too many women throw themselves at the protagonist". But I find both criticisms true of many noir films. Anyway, if you like the genre, try it... you might like it.

Very disappointing
written by thausman September 25, 2002 - 8:19 AM PDT
4 out of 11 members found this review helpful
As a fan of good noir, I expected to like this film a lot; it had all the right ingredients. The opening scene is by far the movie's highlight -- jarring camera work and great sound over the opening credits. But from there it degenerates into an unwieldy plot, too many random women throwing themselves at the protagonist, pathetic cardboard cutout characters and a climax that had me laughing, not frightened. If you're looking for good noir, go somewhere else.


(Average 7.73)
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