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Nightmare Alley Reviews

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January 28, 2022
The one to see is the one from 1947.
January 28, 2022
Nightmare Alley won't be for everyone and it might not be for fans of del Toro's more traditional offerings. But it's his most grounded film, and with its strange, doomy, other-worldly sensibility, it's absolutely a del Toro film for the world today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 27, 2022
Its striking and absorbing visuals alone make it worthwhile. Plus, it features one of the most compelling final shots in recent cinema history. Even though, with a running time of two hours and 30 minutes, it takes a little too long to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 27, 2022
del Toro's trippy thriller is incredibly fond of itself, and could easily lose half an hour from its structurally unsound third act. Still, Cooper works hard, and so-so del Toro is better than no del Toro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 27, 2022
Here, del Toro demonstrates his mastery of yet another genre, inserting his own sensibility into a noir thriller and creating something that, while imperfect, is undeniably memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 25, 2022
This is a visual and cerebral feast and I loved it. It's dark as hell, genuinely unraveling in the most clever of ways with del Toro using all the tools of his trade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 25, 2022
This is Del Toro firing on all cylinders, a beautifully crafted, richly atmospheric and thrillingly dark-hearted drama that packs a powerful punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 25, 2022
Cate Blanchett is the [film's] standout as a wildly sultry femme fatale who's part Barbara Stanwyck, part Hannibal Lecter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2022
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 24, 2022
It's nervy stuff for any filmmaker but especially one who loves to imbue a sense of melancholy amid the hopeless. For Nightmare Alley, there is no sweet, only bitter.
January 24, 2022
Del Toro's fixation on the macabre, on human pathos and violence serves him well in both the worlds of the carnival and the art deco cityscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2022
At 150 minutes, Nightmare Alley could do with tighter pacing. But when its world is so impeccably designed and lovingly enlivened, the journey into darkness is worth every second.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2022
While del Toro has traded in blood and darkness before, without his trademark sense of fancy, lightness, and transcendent magic it all comes across as rather meaningless and adolescent.
January 23, 2022
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 22, 2022
Nightmare Alley is an old-school tale told with precision.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 21, 2022
The journey taken by del Toro may be convoluted. Where he ends up, though, is a bad dream come true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 21, 2022
Nightmare Alley could have used a trim here and there, but once you get sucked into the narrative it's a wild ride, like a ghost train screeching through a graveyard of lost souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 21, 2022
[Nightmare Alley] starts wonderfully at the carnival before descending into an unseemly and pointless orgy of Guignol.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 21, 2022
It is difficult not to embrace the film with the excitement of experiencing something so familiar presented in a way that feels as fresh and vibrant as it did 80 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 21, 2022
Despite the film's excessive length, and an ending that plunges into melodrama, it's marvellously acted and gorgeous on the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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