The problem is - this film is a mostly unengaging and far from thrilling bore.
It's well made and pretty notable in it's message, but some of it comes in a rush and doesn't leave much room to have any thoughts or feelings.
I wanted to enjoy this, but it left me bored and uninteresting throughout despite the nice acting and production.
For a 1931 film, it's quite something.
For a film, it's rather boring and unexcitingly told.
Chilling early talkie about a child murderer put on trial by citizens, not the law. Fascinating psychological thriller asks not to sympathize with its killer, but to understand him. Peter Lorre is still great, many famous scenes, and yep, one of the greats.
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.
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