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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. 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. 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. 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. Dark Streets lost me early, real early, like still-adjusting-my-eyes-in-a-dark-theater early.

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Score distribution:
  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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