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Nightmare Alley (2021)

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Critic Consensus: While it may not hit quite as hard as the original, Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley is a modern noir thriller with a pleasantly pulpy spin.

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When charismatic but down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival, he crafts a golden ticket to success, using this newly acquired knowledge to grift the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet.

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The one to see is the one from 1947.

January 28, 2022 | Full Review…

It's hard to think of a noir story that would be better suited to del Toro as a director -- the arch-fabulist who fears men more than he does monsters.

January 24, 2022 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

From its bruised colour palette to its spiralling descent into madness and degradation, this is deliciously damnable fare, looking back through the prism of Del Toro's adventurous oeuvre to the existential angst of his vampiric feature debut, Cronos.

January 23, 2022 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The journey taken by del Toro may be convoluted. Where he ends up, though, is a bad dream come true.

January 21, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An oddly literal melodrama about bad people doing very bad things, very slowly.

January 21, 2022 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's impossible to tell whether del Toro is laughing up his sleeve or crossing his fingers that Blanchett's big moments will lead to another Oscar.

January 20, 2022 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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