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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
    I love musicals, but I'd be hard-pressed to recommend this curiosity, sort of a shoestring version of Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club."
  3. 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.
  4. 42
    The main pitfall of modern noirs is that filmmakers get so caught up in the chiaroscuro lighting schemes and florid twists of dialogue and voiceover that they forget noir was about expressing more than just attitude and style.
  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. 40
    Diverting enough as a series of music videos, Dark Streets strikes postures in place of drama.
  7. Reviewed by: Travis Nichols
    25
    Pretentious mess of a movie.

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  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. Collapse
  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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