Dark Streets

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  • Summary: When a naive playboy investigation the shadowy death of his wealthy father, his charmed life as the eligible owner of the city's hottest nightclub begins to spiral out of control. A noir fever dream of music, seduction and murder, Dark Streets features stunningly choreographed dance numbersWhen a naive playboy investigation the shadowy death of his wealthy father, his charmed life as the eligible owner of the city's hottest nightclub begins to spiral out of control. A noir fever dream of music, seduction and murder, Dark Streets features stunningly choreographed dance numbers and an original soundtrack performed by legendary bluese, jazz and R&B artists. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    58
    Alas, the flimsy plot -- less a whodunit than an isn't-it-screamingly-obvious-that-that-guy-done-it! -- will have thriller fans singing the blues.
  2. 50
    The kind of film you can appreciate as an object, but not as a story. It's a lovingly souped-up incarnation of the film-noir look, contains well-staged and performed musical numbers, and has a lot of cigarettes, tough tootsies, bad guys and shadows. What it doesn't have is a story that pulls us along, or a hero who seems as compelling as some of the supporting characters.
  3. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    50
    The type of film I would call eternally frustrating. Boasting a solid cast and an amazing look, the film is a mishmash of film noir, mystery and bluesy big band song and dance numbers that on a surface level play brilliantly.
  4. The script is just all kinds of terrible. The characters are hollow mannequins telling a thin, depressing story that's less of a noir and more of a simple-minded bummer full of barely connected scenes and stunningly empty dialogue.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    40
    The film has its shallow pleasures, but once it becomes obvious that that's all Dark Streets has going for it, the affected performances and forced tough-guy speak stop feeling playful and start to become oppressive.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    40
    As a dancing chanteuse, Bijou Phillips gives it her all, which isn't enough, and a wooden Mann doesn't help, although Izabella Miko brings a modicum of unaffected charm to her role as the Other Woman.
  7. Reviewed by: Christopher Borrelli
    25
    Dark Streets lost me early, real early, like still-adjusting-my-eyes-in-a-dark-theater early.

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. JayH.
    Jun 28, 2009
    5
    The film is so obsessed with style and atmosphere, it forgot to add a good story and characters with depth. It did try for believable period The film is so obsessed with style and atmosphere, it forgot to add a good story and characters with depth. It did try for believable period detail, but failed for the most part. Great music at least. Expand
  2. JP.
    Jul 28, 2009
    0
    Pretty, good blues and no coherent movie at all. Impossible to sit through if you are capable of leaving.

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