This is arguably the high-water mark of Hollywood's love affair with the infinitely slippery possibilities of the English language.
New York Times
5/20/2003 by Bosley Crowther
It's likely to leave you confused and dissatisfied.
1/22/2002 by Eric Brace
Don't try too hard to follow the story, just get swept away by the mood of the film.
1/1/2000 by John Hartl
Fascinating if not necessarily improved edition of Howard Hawks' 1946 detective classic.
1/1/2000 by Roger Ebert
It is typical of this most puzzling of films that no one agrees even on why it is so puzzling. Yet that has never affected The Big Sleep's enduring popularity, because the movie is about the process of a criminal investigation, not its results.
The plethora of killings now seems on the whole less horrific than it once did, while the film's tone of escalating absurdity in a genuinely dark world grows if anything even more sprightly as the years go by.
Common Sense Media
10/4/2016 by Barbara Shulgasser
Classic noir gem has menace, innuendo.
2/27/2016 by Matt Brunson
"I don't like your manners." "I don't like them myself. They're pretty bad... I grieve over them on long winter evenings."
Daily Telegraph (UK)
8/13/2014 by Tim Robey
The Big Sleep is the best scripted, best directed, best acted, and least comprehensible film noir ever made.