• Alex

    ★★★★½ Watched by Alex 22 Oct, 2014

    Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil is a standout genre film, a brilliant picture that has a great story, terrific performances and effective direction. Welles assembles a great cast of talent here, and the film has an intricate, captivating and engaging plot that is entertaining from start to finish. This is a superb film, one that ranks among the finest films in the genre, and is a strong directorial effort by Orson Welles. Touch of Evil is riveting storytelling and is…

    View

  • Devon Seltzer

    ★★ Watched by Devon Seltzer 19 Oct, 2014

    ***Continuing My Education: Lesson #26***

    The story goes that Orson Welles asked for the worst possible script to prove he could turn trash into cinema treasure, he was given Touch of Evil. Whether or not he succeeded in his endeavor will never be truly known, because the studio took his finished product and eviscerated it. Attempts have been made to put Humpty Dumpty together again, but time has hindered the work, and the resulting final film is still a pretty…

    View

  • Timmy Semenza

    ★★★★½ Watched by Timmy Semenza 19 Oct, 2014

    Orson Welles revolutionized film with Citizen Kane at the age of 25, a classy movie of outrageous ambition with its sights set on nothing less than the corruption of the American dream. He subsequently directed two Shakespearean tragedies, as well as an adaptation of Booth Tarkington’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel, The Magnificent Ambersons, which was taken from him and chopped up beyond all recognition. Welles also had a few film noirs under his rapidly expanding belt, the conventions of which make…

    View

  • TheUnholyMesiah

    ★★★★½ Added by TheUnholyMesiah

    Truth be told; I was more impressed with this film the first time I saw it than I was with Citizen Kane. There I said it.
    It doesn't mean it's a better movie than Citizen Kane (it isn't in this writer's opinion). Citizen Kane has the title of "Greatest American Film of all Time" to live up to, that's a TALL order. Luckily this film doesn't have that burden.

    It's a really good film. I'm surprised how quickly it dives…

    View

  • Norma Rodriguez

    ★★★★★ Watched by Norma Rodriguez 16 Oct, 2014

    Amazing.

    View

  • Mynt Marsellus

    ★★★★ Watched by Mynt Marsellus 11 Oct, 2014

    Maybe I just don't like Orson Welles that much but all of his films underwhelm me. Perhaps this one was just over-hyped but by the end I just can't give it any higher a rating than this (not that this is a bad rating by any means).

    View

  • Joe DiCanio

    ★★ Watched by Joe DiCanio 09 Feb, 2012

    Rating: C-

    View

  • dEL

    ★★★½ Watched by dEL 02 Oct, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    View

  • RaisinBoy

    ★★★★★ Watched by RaisinBoy 01 Oct, 2014

    Touch of Evil is a pure noir thriller from start to end, and it's brilliant.

    The story starts off simple enough with a mystery to hook the audience, but then as the movie goes on it soon begins to become much more of a complex thriller, driven by it's characters and the actions they take, I think this film's plot is wonderfully done with the little parts of the plot being placed subtly for the stories conclusion which I think…

    View

  • rangerfan1041

    ★½ Watched by rangerfan1041 27 Sep, 2014

    Letter Grade: D

    View

  • toribarrett

    Added by toribarrett

    Orson Welles' 1958 "Touch of Evil" is a captivating amalgamation of film genres that depicts timeless issues and occurrences in society. "Touch of Evil" mostly deals with the corruption of a town's police force, but does not solely focus on this one centripetal issue. A complex array of coexisting issues present themselves in the plot and therefore add complexity to the film. Because this film does not follow a basic protocol for genre as in author David Bordwell's article entitled…

    View

  • James Utley

    ★★★★½ Watched by James Utley 28 Sep, 2014

    This superb noir stars an almost unrecognizable Orson Welles playing a detective thirsty for whiskey and justice (not as heroic as it sounds), a Mexican man named Mike Vargas played by an American man named Charlton Heston, and Buster from Arrested Development, who now works in a motel apparently. Also Janet Leigh, who stays in a motel which isn't quite as deadly as her trip to Bates' Motel two years later - it ain't exactly a relaxing visit though, don't…

    View