75

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
It is worth catching The Singing Detective to see the brilliant Robert Downey Jr. in another extraordinary performance... Unfortunately, the film itself doesn't really work despite its lineage.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Works not primarily because it's a strange and original brew, but because it accomplishes its goals without seeming to force things. The blending of reality with dreams, memories, and imagination is done flawlessly.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie does not propose to be a comedy, a musical, a film noir story or a medical account. It proposes to be a subjective view of suffering, and the ways this character tries to cope with it. Understand that, and the pieces fall into place.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Robert Downey Jr. is great in a role no one less magnetically reckless would dare approach.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
I had the sense that Gordon's ambitious, if awkwardly assembled, film had so many terrific ingredients that he felt compelled to use them all. In this case, alas, more is less.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Admiring The Singing Detective is easy, and so is appreciating the originality of the story's conceit, the artistry of the actors and the directorial intelligence of Keith Gordon. But loving it would take an act of will.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The question that has to be asked is: Why? The original six-part BBC ''Singing Detective'' remains one of the signal achievements in the history of television -- really -- and its release on DVD this past spring puts it easily within reach of the curious.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
You don't mess with perfection. That is the main reason why The Singing Detective, a virtual remake of the ­brilliant BBC-TV series of the 80s, falls flat on its psoriatic face.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Keith Gordon's brave attempt to make cinematic sense of Potter's 1986 BBC mini "The Singing Detective" at least has the advantage of a screenplay finished by Potter before his death. But problems of style and tone bedevil the earnest effort.
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10

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Downey is undone by a woefully amateurish production that, sadly and ironically, looks like a cheap TV show.
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45 out of 100
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