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  • Summary: A lowlife drifter (Johnson) who sells used cars in a Texas burg robs the local bank and gets involved with two women: one bad (Madsen), one innocent (Connelly). Based on Charles Williams' 1952 novel "Hell Hath No Fury." (MGM)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    90
    Seeps with atmosphere, unfolds at a deceptively relaxed pace, steadily accumulates noirish grit, then dizzily plunges into a Lynch-like plumbing of the dark passions and nasty secrets at the heart of Main Street, USA.
  2. A crazy, intentionally ludicrous movie that's a lot of film-noir fun.
  3. 75
    Only movie lovers who have marinated their imaginations in the great B movies from RKO and Republic will recognize The Hot Spot as a superior work in an old tradition - as a manipulation of story elements as mannered and deliberate, in its way, as variations on a theme for the piano.
  4. Pretty enjoyable as a piece of campy sleaze--especially for the first half hour, before the storytelling starts to dawdle.
  5. Reviewed by: Melissa Pierson
    50
    It's also supposed to be atmospheric, noirish, and touched with nihilism. But the director, Hollywood bad boy Dennis Hopper, lays it all on so thick that the film verges on self-parody.
  6. The pulpiness is less homage than rip-off. There are no tricks up this film's frayed sleeve… Fatalism plus a lot of heavy breathing, and a flash of skin--it's a winning formula, all right. These movies are like Harlequin Romances for slumming highbrows [12 Oct 1990]
  7. Reviewed by: Judy Stone
    25
    A case of ho-hum humping leading to boring betrayal. The ingredients are predictable and the snail's pace is punishing. [26 Oct 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E3]

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. stuart
    Aug 22, 2005
    10
    To a non american, this film grabs the idea of how life in middle america is perfectly, though deep down we know not be true, it still great To a non american, this film grabs the idea of how life in middle america is perfectly, though deep down we know not be true, it still great for the imagination. Expand
  2. May 22, 2011
    8
    I feel this movie misses its point, maybe being too much a straight-forward. Sometimes, I could feel the book (that I never read) which theI feel this movie misses its point, maybe being too much a straight-forward. Sometimes, I could feel the book (that I never read) which the movie is from being shredded up to fit in a 2-hour movie. Lack of subtlety from both the three main characters, thought great acting from them all. I felt both sorry and relieved that the movie was over... Expand

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