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The Maltese Falcon Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

exceptionally crafted

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 4/5

January 18, 2014
Otis Ferguson
The New Republic
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The Maltese Falcon is the first crime melodrama with finish, speed and bang to come along in what seems ages.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 29, 2012
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

It's the classic hardboiled private-eye movie; the nervy maiden offering of its celebrated director, John Huston; the first glamorous star vehicle for Humphrey Bogart...

Full Review Source: Parallax View

May 1, 2011
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Immaculately designed, evocatively photographed, and easy to watch but also spiky, morally complex, and ultimately unsettling.

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: A+

January 19, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Excellent but too mature for the littlest kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

December 28, 2010

TIME Magazine
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Frighteningly good evidence that the British (Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, et al.) have no monopoly on the technique of making mystery films.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 23, 2009
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

This Spade is no stranger to the guile of shady clients and colorful suspects...

Full Review Source: Seanax.com

October 26, 2008
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser

The film is made up almost entirely of talk, and yet the performances are so wonderfully flamboyant and focused that conversations become the action of the movie.

August 22, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The Maltese Falcon is among the most important and influential movies to emerge from the Hollywood system -- as significant in some ways as its contemporary, Citizen Kane.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 10, 2008
Variety Staff
Variety
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This is one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 8, 2008
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Perfect use of the old McGuffin.

| Original Score: 5/5

January 19, 2008

Film4

With its dark, complex plotting, stark black-and-white photography, concentration on the baseness of man, and a cynical mood sustained to its still shockingly grim conclusion, this is the prototypical film noir.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

October 16, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Who can argue with Bogart's glower or Mary Astor in her ratty fur?

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 16, 2007
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... part of what makes a film great is its power to obliterate whatever preconceptions we bring to it. There is brittle wit and sparkling harm and a very adult sense of fun present in The Maltese Falcon; it still works as a movie

Full Review | Original Score: 90/100

September 9, 2007
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

sharp and jagged... stripped clean

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2006
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

If 'The Maltese Falcon' doesn't qualify as the best private-eye yarn ever filmed, I don't know what does.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 10/10

October 9, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

One of the most brilliant directorial debuts in Hollywood's history, this gem of a movie catapulted Humphrey Bogart to major stardom, offering one of his finest roles (with many memorable lines) as detective Sam Spade.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

September 7, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Filmed almost entirely in interiors, it presents a claustrophobic world animated by betrayal, perversion and pain.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Bogart became Bogart in John Huston's great first film, a trend-setting, brilliantly cast adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's hardboiled novel ... This was the stuff that dreams -- and Hollywood -- was made of.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 4/4

June 2, 2006
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

| Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2005
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