Some people believe that Two Weeks in Another Town would be more highly regarded had director Vincente Minnelli not made the earlier (and superior) The Bad and the Beautiful. It's more likely that Two Weeks would simply be a better movie if Minnelli hadn't already gone over this territory in the previous film. While Two Weeks has some undeniable strengths, it simply isn't as incisive or as finely detailed and observed as Bad and Beautiful. The characters are poorly drawn, and the script succumbs to soap opera instead of taking the harder path of drama (or even good, solid melodrama). The acting is uneven, with Edward G. Robinson in top form and good work from Claire Trevor, but Kirk Douglas, in the crucial leading role, goes too far too often, and Cyd Charisse seems all at sea. Minnelli (who claims that studio editing damaged the film tremendously) directs with unusual abandon, and while the gamble doesn't pay off, it does provide the film with an intriguing intensity. And, as always, Minnelli makes brilliant use of color and design to punch across his points (and to gloss over the trickier parts of the screenplay). Despite its considerable flaws, there's a strength and potency to Two Weeks that makes it hard to resist -- at least for a while.
by Craig Butler review