...a touchstone, one of those classics that infects the popular imagination to the point that it's really not necessary for most people to have actually seen it to recognize its signal moments ...
| Original Score: 90/100
The film doesn't ask for sympathy for the killer Franz Becker, but it asks for understanding: As he says in his own defense, he cannot escape or control the evil compulsions that overtake him.
| Original Score: 5/5
| Original Score: 3/5
Put simply, without M to show the way, there might have been no subsequent films in which a hidden killer unmasks the ills of the society around him
M is responsible for some of the most memorable images and sequences in cinema history
| Original Score: 10/10
Peter Lorre's finest performance, and a truly significant socially-themed film.
This astonishing movie represents an unsurpassed grand synthesis of storytelling.
| Original Score: 4/4
Even after 75 years, Fritz Lang's first German talkie works beautifully as a carefully constructed thriller and police procedural.
An extraordinary, good, impressive and strong talker. Again fine work by Fritz Lang, and his wife and helper, Thea von Harbou.
The film grows more unsettling when it becomes apparent that the child killer Beckert is something of a child himself, forcing the audience into something beyond complicity, something dangerously close to identification.
A subversive film, or more simply a movie brimming over with the ferment of Lang's imagination at its height? You choose.
Peter Lorre became a recognized star as a result of this film and deservedly so, even though his speaking part was minimal and came only toward the end of the film.
| Original Score: A+
Fritz Lang's acute use of objects, symbols, letters, and codes to decrypt a relatively simple narrative remains as perfect an example of pure cinema in the sound era as one is likely to find.
M is the most dynamic profile of a serial killer in film.
M is one of director Lang's many greats.
Remarkable early look at scientific and police detection - and of a city in fear