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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Rated R | For strong sexual content, language and some violence