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July 21, 2015
Nearly perfect in every way, Fritz Lang's M is a dark, suspenseful picture that basically invented the police procedural. Its bifurcated focus on both the police tracking a child killer and the criminal element that hunts him as well creates a taught, tense drama that has been replicated numerous times but never as well.
½ July 15, 2015
Surprisingly gripping and horrifying at the same time. The story starts off rather casually, and takes a little time before really revealing where it will be heading. But once it does, it's surprising and captivating, and especially remarkable considering that this film was made in 1931. The acting by Peter Lorre is phenomenal.
July 13, 2015
Ground breaking and the creation of the psychological thriller. This is truly a masterpiece which will live in history.
December 3, 2012
One of the best suspense films of all time. If you haven't seen this, you should.
May 9, 2015
Shows that there is honor amongst thieves. Sort of. When a child murderer runs rampant, the police perform a bunch of raids in order to catch this monster. The mafia is fed up with their business being disturbed by this man hunt and decide to go after this killer themselves.

The story gets better as it goes on. Acting is great. Sound dips in and out. It was made in 1931 after all.

Definitely serves as a great source of inspiration for decades worth of who-done-its.

Not fantastic by today's standards, but still very good.
½ April 30, 2015
This movie had a good depiction of how society would be without a criminal justice system set in place. It had a really nice ending but the movie seemed like it was never-ending. It felt more like three hours than an hour and 45.
½ August 8, 2013
A bit slow but there are not many films of this era that deal with such a topic, I can imagine that this was a bit shocking at time. Could it be the first serial killer film?
March 14, 2015
a story of a child murderer in a face of the criminal mob. Riveting and splendidly entertaining thriller that will keep you out of street for years. Fritz Lang believes that this film was his great, and it was truly is. The story line are nicely executed, the tensions are compelling, good job for the germans. The use of lietmotiff is effective to us viewers that covers the suspense.
February 5, 2015
The first definitive psychlogical thriller.
January 29, 2015
Worth seeing for the magnificent performance by Peter Lorre as the insane murderer. He plays one of the most distinctively creepy characters of any movie. His speech at the end is incredible.
December 19, 2012
**110 minute version**
83 years young, and it still has contemporary levels of suspense, audacity and relevance, M is an incredibly influential psycho-thriller that established conventions still used by serial killer movies as it intercuts the murderer's pathetic life with the investigation of his outrages. At once a creepy character study of a psychopathic child murderer and a riveting portrait of a community doused in fear, Lang deploys an arsenal of filmmaking fireworks in league with a progressive attitude towards his subject that is complex and still relevant. While Lorre's portrayal provides a horribly sympathetic focus for the film, Lang shows how his crimes affect an entire city. Lang, who two years later would flee Germany after being "summoned" by Dr. Goebbles, prophetically illustrates the danger of a police force with too much power, as M attacks revenge at a moral and legal level, and leaves you with a haunting conclusion
December 1, 2014
Fritz Lang's M stands as a landmark psychological thriller that dares to sympathize with a child murderer who can't help himself. Lorre's debut is one for the ages, and over 80 years later, this landmark looms large over every psychological made. Beyond Essential.
November 5, 2014
Considering how this film floored me! I can't begin to imagine how it floored audiences in 1930's whom were totally unprepared for such a disturbing theme and genuinely frightening performance!
½ October 4, 2014
¿Quién puede juzgar a quién?
September 26, 2014
What a powerful, portentous film. Just a letter "M" that is the one the bums use to identify the serial killer. A dark Berlin, cops and criminals share the same kind of meetings. In the end the killer, an apparently insignificant man ask for understanding, he is a victim of the circumstances, of his own impulses. The mob faces show all their hatred against the killer, but in the end the formal justice finds its way.
½ August 26, 2014
Dark, haunting and incredible.
August 15, 2014
Shot him like a mad dog!
½ August 6, 2014
though a very slow film, i don't any other movie has changed the face of cinema quite like this one (other than "Last Tango in Paris")
August 3, 2014
Just never equaled. Peter Lorre's interpretation remains a must see. Absolutely no mistake in the staging. How is it one cannot stage and/or perform movies like that piece of art more than 80 years later
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