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Human Desire Reviews

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October 3, 2021
...a fairly standard film-noir thriller that's elevated by its surprising narrative and proliferation of compelling performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 4, 2021
A film noir in which Lang fluently executes a rather intriguing plot about jealousy, adultery and murder on the railroads. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 19, 2019
Though not one of [Fritz] Lang's best works, ultimately sticking a little too close to the standard outline of thrillers of the period, this is nevertheless a satisfying experience for genre fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 9, 2019
Grahame is electrifying
January 27, 2015
A superb, highly polished example of Lang's craft.
October 15, 2014
Though the action pivots on blackmail and murder, the heart of the movie is a regular guy's struggle with the inner violence of sexual frenzy and the outer violence of war.
July 18, 2009
Unpleasant crime melodrama, but with outstanding photography of trains and working class America.
February 9, 2006
Lang's version of Zola's La BÍte Humaine is, like all his best '50s work, as cold, hard and steely grey as the railway tracks which here mark out the action.
April 30, 2004
Hard-edged and chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 10, 2001
A gripping melodrama.
March 26, 2019
Result: A melodrama, given some effect by the railroad setting.
August 13, 2018
The director manages to extract precisely the same numbed unease from a murder, an embrace, or a moment of dead time in which someone looks out the window.
October 15, 2014
Lang's preoccupation with the sights, sounds and symbolism of the railway yards too often leaves the emotions and motives of the characters (formidably played by Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford and Gloria Grahame) stranded in the sidings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2014
This sordid little tale is not nearly as sensuous or sexual as the French version, nor is it very suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 26, 2009
Fritz Lang, director, goes overboard in his effort to create mood. Long focusing on locomotive speeding and twisting on the rails is neither entertaining nor essential to the plot.
March 25, 2006
There isn't a single character in it for whom it builds up the slightest sympathy -- and there isn't a great deal else in it for which you're likely to have the least regard.
May 24, 2003
It's a torrid affair that results in murder, but Lang has skimped on exploring the depths of their emotional turmoil.
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