Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley

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A manipulative grifter (Bradley Cooper) moves from carnival worker to high society mentalist in this crime drama from Guillermo del Toro. The stakes get deadly when he meets a dangerous psychologist (Cate Blanchett). More

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has assembled a cast of Oscar veterans - Cooper and Blanchett are joined by Rooney Mara,  Toni Collette, Mary Steenburgen, and Willem Dafoe. Based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham, which was originally adapted to screen in 1947 by director Edmund Goulding.

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2022Rating: MA15+, Strong violence and injury detail150 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

Dark as del Toro's vision may be, it's a glorious homage to an American experience all but lost to time.

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Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

It's not the filmmaker's strongest effort, yet it's still a soaring spectacle that casts a spell.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

One of the year's most disappointing films.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Guillermo del Toro reimagines an agonizing, still shocking noir as an exhibit in a wax museum.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Nightmare Alley runs out of importance about a half hour before the finish. But it's still an entertaining movie...

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

A masterpiece of dark desires.

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

A gorgeous exercise in style and mood.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Del Toro is a world builder, but he can have a tough time bringing his creations to life, which is the case here despite the hard work of his fine cast.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

The muddled script lacks the killer instinct of its central figures.

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ABC

ABC

Nightmare Alley has flashes of brilliance but falls far short...

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Cooper ably meets every demand the film makes of him.

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Vulture

Vulture

It’s the film equivalent of a fake dive bar...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

(Nightmare Alley) gives Bradley Cooper a career-best role...

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NPR

NPR

It's a noir that's very easy to get ahead of.

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The Straits Times

The Straits Times

Nightmare Alley checks all the boxes.

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