Devil in a Blue Dress


Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21

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  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Compared to similar genre offerings, this ain't much cop. But standing alone, it's an entertaining and amiable film.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    On its own terms, the plotting of "Devil" is absorbing, and the pieces actually fit together pretty decently. On the other hand, when scenes directly call to mind similar ones in "Chinatown," this effort's stepchild relationship to the classic is forcibly demonstrated.
  3. Everything is aces about this lineup's pedigree. But Devil never lets loose. It's a jazzy composition about sex, sleuthing, corruption, race, and cheap liquor that's a half step out of tune.
  4. A bland, workaday detective flick that should have been much better than it is.
  5. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    It's a hoary Chinatown knock-off wrapped in a seductively novel black-culture veneer, with a dash of Laura added for bad measure. [29 Sept 1995, p.01.D]
  6. The story soon lapses into familiar private-eye formulas, though, and the characters aren't interesting enough to hold much attention on their own.

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