Metropolis Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 19, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] Although it ends with an overwrought climax, topped off with a laughably banal cliché that unites the workers with their greedy overlord, "Metropolis" is filled with stunning archetypal imagery and grand-scale spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
April 1, 2014
Occasionally it strikes one that [Lang] wanted to include too much and then that all one anticipates does not appear. But at the same time the various ideas have been spliced together quite adroitly.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 1, 2014
Each frame of this classic is drop-dead stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly
April 1, 2014
Metropolis remains the benchmark of agenda-driven extravaganzas, stirring and fun in the right spots.
Jonathan Romney
Independent
April 1, 2014
Is Fritz Lang's 1927 epic Metropolis the most influential film ever? It certainly spawned the cinema of futurism, and watching it today. it's uncanny to see how many shadows of cinema yet to come it already contains.
Paul Whitington
Irish Independent
April 1, 2014
Brigitte Helm is absolutely brilliant in a tricky dual role. The real star, though, is Lang's incredibly fecund imagination and his glorious realisation of the futuristic Babel he dreamt up in his head.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
April 1, 2014
Here is the starting-point of so much modern cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
April 1, 2014
Lang is at fever pitch. Although the film is renowned for its architecture -- and thus has a reputation for being static -- what makes it seductive is how much organic energy Lang and his collaborators put into the imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
February 25, 2013
One of the last examples of the imaginative -- but often monstrous -- grandeur of the Golden Period of the German film, Metropolis is a spectacular example of Expressionist design.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 16, 2012
A visionary science-fiction spectacle; a still relevant dramatization of 'class warfare'; a pulp nightmare of Freudian-Marxist-Christian symbolism and Expressionist-Futurist-Old Testament imagery; and a source of inspiration for Nazis and Utopians alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Evelyn Gerstein
The Nation
October 9, 2012
Here for the first time the chill mechanized world of the future... has been given reality. Here is the city, that tormented circus of buildings which touch the sky, of tunnels that disrupt the places under the earth.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 6, 2011
A perfect gateway drug for old movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
November 27, 2010
Devoted film- and music-lovers alike will enjoy the latest reconstruction (images and sound) of Fritz Lang's truly marvellous tale of mediation over violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Daily Express
September 13, 2010
Every dystopian vision owes a debt of gratitude to Metropolis.
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
September 11, 2010
An eternal masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
September 9, 2010
Oh, it's wacky. But the visuals are unlike anything we've ever experienced. For the film aficionado, it's a cinematic must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
David Parkinson
Radio Times
September 9, 2010
Among the most famous and influential silent films ever made, Metropolis has lost none of its ability to inspire awe and provoke debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
September 9, 2010
A luminous and resplendent visual masterpiece yoked to a puerile and embarrassingly trite plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Slant Magazine
August 1, 2010
Master cinematographer Karl Freund fills the screen with an array of stylized shadows, oblique camera angles, geometric images, and nightmarish labyrinths.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
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David Thomson
The New Republic
July 27, 2010
I have just had a sensational night at the movies, and the picture was only 83 years old.
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