Metropolis Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
July 6, 2010
Too bad that so much really artistic work was wasted on this manufactured story.
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
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.
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
September 11, 2010
An eternal masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
July 22, 2010
Kino's The Complete Metropolis contains nearly a hundred instances of restored footage, ranging from brief reaction shots to entire sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2002
Everything we take for granted in movies today had to be "invented" by someone and it only enhances our understanding and enjoyment to recognize these roots.
| Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Few films have ever been more visually exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 21, 2010
This movie is certifiably nuts and naive in many ways, but it is so exciting.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
May 14, 2010
From the TCM Classic Film Festival: The North American premiere of a recently discovered, nearly complete cut...a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 26, 2002
The great thing is that despite the over-the-top acting, the makeup that doesn't know when to stop, the preciousness of so many of the compositions (Lang was nothing if not inventive), this is a great old movie-movie.
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal
June 12, 2010
The new release of Metropolis, fully restored to just shy of Fritz Lang's original vision, is an example of the grandest telepathy: what was thought to be lost forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
May 8, 2010
The recent discovery of 25 minutes of lost footage from Fritz Lang's Metropolis is cause for celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 6, 2011
A perfect gateway drug for old movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 13, 2008
It's a masterpiece, but it's not a sane movie. It's gloriously bonkers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2007
The film looks fabulous, and Gottfried Huppertz's original score is another worthy addition.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 23, 2002
This restoration is one of the great things to happen to movies in the last ten years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
June 3, 2010
The boldest, most exciting and most forward-thinking film that you are likely to see in 2010 is one that was made more than eighty years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
June 4, 2010
If it comes anywhere near your town, go see it and thank the movie Gods that it even exists. There's no star rating high enough.
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