The Lost Weekend 1945

Critics score:
100 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: A shatteringly realistic and morbidly fascinating film. Read more

Kate Cameron, New York Daily News: Under Wilder's imaginative direction, Milland has been able to convey just what an uncontrollable craving for liquor does to a man's mind, his body and soul. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Today it's less impressive but not without its virtues. Read more

TIME Magazine: Director Billy Wilder's technique of photographing Third Avenue in the grey morning sunlight with a concealed camera to keep the crowds from being self-conscious gives this sequence the shock of reality. Read more

Tom Milne, Time Out: What makes the film so gripping is the brilliance with which Wilder uses John F Seitz's camerawork to range from an unvarnished portrait of New York brutally stripped of all glamour. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: It is intense, morbid -- and thrilling. Here is an intelligent dissection of one of society's most rampant evils. Read more