• Released
  • October 12, 1990
  • Post-Noir (Modern Noir)
    Psychological Thriller
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90

Variety

Seeps with atmosphere, unfolds at a deceptively relaxed pace, steadily accumulates noirish grit, then dizzily plunges into a Lynch-like...
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80

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
A crazy, intentionally ludicrous movie that's a lot of film-noir fun.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Pretty silly. The Hot Spot certainly is, and it's occasionally quite entertaining for it, though the picture never really achieves a...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Only movie lovers who have marinated their imaginations in the great B movies from RKO and Republic will recognize The Hot Spot as a...
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
An overlong guilty pleasure. [12 Oct 1990, Life, 4D]
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Part of the problem is its length; at two hours and ten minutes it meanders rather than building up a head of steam and barreling straight...
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Peter Rainer
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,...
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50

Entertainment Weekly

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It's also supposed to be atmospheric, noirish, and touched with nihilism. But the director, Hollywood bad boy Dennis Hopper, lays it all on...
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40

Empire

By Kim Newman
Director Dennis Hopper continues the fumbling manner of "Colors" and the forthcoming-but-disowned "Catchfire," drawing out what ought to be...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

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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...
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