Nightmare Alley

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Synopsis

An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.

Cast

  • Bradley Cooper
  • Rooney Mara
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Ron Perlman
  • Toni Collette
  • Willem Dafoe
  • David Strathairn
  • Richard Jenkins

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Great cast and casting. Sets and production design were fantastic. It was in color, of course, but it was SO dark I had to wonder if it wouldn't have been better shot in B&W so the cinematographer could have played more with light, shadows and contrast. The screenplay wasn't what I expected but the performances didn't disappoint. Worth seeing on the big screen, but it had the misfortune of opening in the same week as a Spider Man movie. I was the one solitary person in the theater for Nightmare Alley. The IMAX and several traditional screens in the complex were packed with Spidey fans.. It's too bad NA will probably have more viewership on big home TV screens.

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Michael C
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Great period piece. Great cast.

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Janet F

Metacritic

80
Dec 2, 2021

With a semi-playful nod to the 1945 film Detour and more than a few rain-drenched streets, Nightmare Alley pays tribute to noir. But it’s also its own dark snow globe, luminous and finely faceted, and one of del Toro’s most fluent features.

Metacritic review by Sheri Linden
Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter
60
Dec 2, 2021

The period details are impeccable, the look and feel are seductive, but the muddled script lacks the killer instinct of its central figures.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily
75
Dec 1, 2021

This sordid excavation into the hollowness of a human soul is a strange fit for a director who’s spent his career searching for magic in the darkest margins of our world, but del Toro’s natural empathy for even the most damnable creatures he finds there sparks new life into “Nightmare Alley” as it narrows towards its inevitable dead end.

David Ehrlich
IndieWire