• Red_Dufresne

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Red_Dufresne 27 Jul, 2015

    Unquestionably one of the greatest of all noirs, The Big Sleep is also a wildly entertaining romp on its own. The Bacall-Bogart chemistry is positively smoking and the film perfectly encapsulates the paranoia/confusion of a post-War USA in one of the most convincing ways ever portrayed on film, courtesy of a winding and at times incomprehensible plot. There's a lot of moving pieces and names to keep track of, but it's to Howard Hawks' great credit that the film never…


  • maskull

    ★★★★ Rewatched by maskull 26 Jul, 2015

    I ended up not much caring about the actual mystery, if anything it was convoluted and bland, but it was the dialog, performances, visuals, and characters that made this movie enjoyable.


  • William Kretschmer

    ★★★★ Rewatched by William Kretschmer 12 Jul, 2015

    Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family and before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
    Classic detective thriller with a nearly incomprehensible plot, but highly ebtertaining due to prime direction, excellent star performances, a touch of Noir with a pinch of ironic humour, snappy dialogues and suspense.


  • Alex Lovendahl

    ★★★ Watched by Alex Lovendahl 13 Jul, 2015

    Truthfully, I didn't find the mystery all that convoluted because it just isn't very complex, nor did I find Bogart and Bacall remarkable. But it's a good shooting script full of nice exchanges and good moments, and it's often as sexy as its reputation intimates.


  • Nat Almirall

    ★★★★ Added by Nat Almirall

    A little long, but full of steam.


  • Luís Henrique Ribeiro de Morais

    ★★★★★ Watched by Luís Henrique Ribeiro de Morais 05 Jul, 2015

    Uma trama extremamente complexa que se preocupa quase que exclusivamente em conduzir o espectador para o âmago da confusão em que todas as histórias convergem. Até as descobertas mais triviais só vem à tona depois de elaboradas investigações, regadas de diálogos velozes, cínicos, proferidos por um grupo bastante diversificado de personagens. Bogart numa atuação impecável, destacando Phillip Marlowe dos protagonistas noir brutos, blasés e sarcásticos, adicionando empatia e um humor sagaz que, em alguns momentos, beira as caricaturas das comédias.…


  • Thief12

    ★★★★½ Watched by Thief12 04 Jul, 2015

    I really enjoyed the movie. Bogart was great as the suave, cynical detective. It helped that the script was full of snappy dialogue for him to deliver. Bacall was effectively mysterious, even though I wasn't that fond of how the relationship between them both evolves. The plot was full of twists and turns, and I liked how fast-paced it was. Plus, direction, set production, and cinematography was top-notch. I could see this one becoming one of my favorites.


  • Steven Cohen

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Steven Cohen 05 Apr, 2015

    The Big Sleep is a bit of a puzzle (even to its creators), but it moves along at such a pace - and Humphrey Bogart is so good - that it really doesn't matter.


  • Jeffrey Atwood

    ★★★★½ Watched by Jeffrey Atwood 20 Jun, 2015 2

    Ryan Gosling is still my favorite actor, but Humphrey Bogart definitely always had one of the best and coolest onscreen presences ever. Even if you have no idea what's going on in this movie (the plot is pretty complex for a crime/detective mystery), just watching Bogart and Bacall play off one another is a great way to spend a couple of hours. This is seriously one of the wittiest screenplays I've come across in my whole life. Even if some…


  • Gary Busey

    ★★★★★ Watched by Gary Busey 28 Jun, 2015

    The Big Sleep is one of the most seductively staged noir crime thrillers to come out of the 40's, propelled by it's incredible lead performances from Bogart and Bacall. It's plot is a bit convoluted, but to any viewer able to appreciate noir elements, the film is a treat. It is arguable a high point in the 40's affair with the English language, and is incredibly well directed and acted.

    If only I knew what was going on...


  • Eric

    ★★★★ Watched by Eric 22 Jun, 2015

    At about the halfway point of The Big Sleep, private investigator Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) is paid off by his employer and told to back off the case that he’s been following. He simply can’t. When asked why he keeps prolonging his involvement, he sighs, “Too many people told me to stop.” And so he presses on, even as gun-wielding mugs continue to emerge from the shadows, the newest pieces in a neverending web. The audience has an especially rough…


  • Silversaxophone

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Silversaxophone 24 Jun, 2015

    If Raymond Chandler didn't conceive his Marlowe as Bogart it's only because Bogart as a screen persona didn't exist when Chandler wrote his novel. For Bogart is the definitive Marlowe, a more optimistic and happier version of Chandler's character. In some ways he's similar to Hammett's Sam Spade, but he's not a bastard and his sense of irony is playful rather than cynical. He's part of a similar reinterpretation Howard Hawks gave to Hemingway's To Have or Have Not where…