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The setup is pure pulp: A former prostitute (a crackerjack Constance Towers) relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society. But in the strange, hallucinatory territory of writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller (Shock Corridor, The Big Red One), perverse secrets inevitably simmer beneath a seemingly wholesome surface. Featuring radical visual touches, full-throttle performances, brilliant cinematography by Stanley Cortez (The Night of the Hunter), and one bizarrely beautiful musical number, The Naked Kiss is among Fuller’s greatest, boldest entertainments.
Fuller gave us a ravishing work. plenty of kinetic energy, without anu pause, directly he engages the viewer, around a prostitute who refuses making that job, and to establish in... Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
doesn't prepare you for the musical number halfway through the picture. Jarring is perhaps the best description. Just roll with it and enjoy the denouement.Published on June 2 2004 by C. P. Manor
This review is for the Criterion Collection edition
In this film a former prostitute who moves to a small town to try and get on with her life. Read more
Don't get me wrong; I like trash. But this manages to be both very dull and very over the top at the same time. Read morePublished on March 15 2004
This is one of the great, cult, Fuller films. Notable for its trashy blend of noir fatalism, stereotypical American settings and characters, and subversive anti establishment... Read morePublished on June 15 2002 by APC Reviews
Veteran director Samuel Fuller clearly pushed the envelope with this raw, uncomprising look at the life of a prostitute who wants out. Read morePublished on April 15 2002 by Marc T. Smith
Beyond the "exploitation movie" premise and several admittedly effective "shock" scenes, this movie delivers a pretty good story about a prostitute moving to a... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2002 by Joseph P. Menta, Jr.
Fuller's best film. Well acted and brutally honest. A cop out ending can't even spoil this fine, fine film. By the way did I mention I hate Brian Depalma...Oliver Stone too. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2001 by BRIAN W. BRODY
That right there makes this a rare find! Quite risque for its time. Very daring, and yet refreshing. Read morePublished on June 25 2001 by "time-traveller"