Devil in a Blue Dress Synopsis
War hero (Denzel Washington) seeks mystery lady (Jennifer Beals) in 1948 Los Angeles.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Director Carl Franklin, who also adapted the screenplay from Walter Mosley's prize-winning novel, isn't particularly concerned with the...
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Writer and director Carl Franklin ("One False Move") scores a triumph in using the brooding atmosphere and racial tension of the sun-kissed,...
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Franklin juggles it all with wit and style, and suddenly you feel fine that this is only Mosley's first Easy Rawlins novel. Several more...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Washington, no surprise, is terrific, his sensitivity offset with touches of knowing, self-deprecating humor.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Easy isn't much of an acting challenge, but Washington's mix of charm and intensity creates an appealing personae.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is entertaining on its own terms, and Washington's warmth at the center of it is like our own bemusement, as together we return...
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60

Empire

By Kim Newman
Compared to similar genre offerings, this ain't much cop. But standing alone, it's an entertaining and amiable film.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
A bland, workaday detective flick that should have been much better than it is.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Everything is aces about this lineup's pedigree. But Devil never lets loose. It's a jazzy composition about sex, sleuthing, corruption,...
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50

USA Today

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...
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Rated R