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Fallen (1997)

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41

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 33

Has an interesting premise. Unfortunately, it's just a recycling of old materials, and not all that thrilling.

43

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 8

Has an interesting premise. Unfortunately, it's just a recycling of old materials, and not all that thrilling.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 51,287

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Movie Info

Directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear), Fallen is a blend of the police drama and supernatural thriller genres. Homicide detective John Hobbes (Denzel Washington) narrates, taking the audience back to "the time I almost died." This sets a flashback in motion, beginning at the prison cell of serial killer Edgar Reese (Elias Koteas), who grabs Hobbes' hand and sings the Rolling Stones' "Time Is on My Side." After Reese is executed, Hobbes and his partner, Jonesy (John Goodman), find a seeming

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Drama, Animation, Mystery & Suspense

Nicholas Kazan

Jun 16, 1998

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (33) | DVD (4)

Denzel Washington has the almost impossible task of holding together a convoluted picture that's only intermittently suspenseful and not very engaging emotionally or intellectually.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The first half of this movie holds some promise, but time is not on its side.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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God (or the Devil) is in the detail: every time a fluid is taken into the body, the fidgety camera zooms in, fascinated, suspicious.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A stylish if seriously far-fetched nightmare.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A crafty piece of work, ending with a pair of marvelous twists.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A human trifle that can be safely ignored in this eschatological genre.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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...an erratic yet rewarding thriller...

November 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Director Gregory Hoblit consistently opts for an atmosphere of gloomy malaise rather than going for the cheap shocks.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A high-concept mating of the police thriller and the supernatural, Gregory Hoblit's movie (sophomore jinx?) will disappoint afficionados of both genres.

June 25, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

All style and no substance.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Must-see for fans of satanic creepiness, The Rolling Stones, and sly tabby cats.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com | Comments (2)
StaciWilson.com

An effective genre film that leaves an unmistakably good impression, which is something most of Hollywood's supernatural thrillers usually fail to do.

March 22, 2004 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Maybe the devil made the filmmakers do it. Although the acting and production values are good, don't be tempted to see this tedious film. It only reinforces society's fears that evil is everywhere -- and no one can do anything about it.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Despite a lackluster performance by Washington and a long dead spot in the middle, it does not fail to thrill and chill, and if that is your cup of tea, it comes highly recommended.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

A masterful supernatural thriller, using simple techniques to remarkable effect.

January 22, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

A solid, smart, gripping tale of terror with the wit to scare us silly.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

None of the protagonists are humanized enough to elicit our concern for their well-being, and a puzzlingly sporadic narration takes audiences out of the moment.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

'Possuídos' é um filme surpreendente. Na verdade, é tão surpreendente que você só percebe que havia algo a descobrir quando o filme acaba.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

A tense and compelling supernatural thriller.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Despite the dimly-lit scenes, I found the story intriguing right up until the very unsatisfying conclusion.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Audience Reviews for Fallen

A pulse-less, predictable thriller which seats Denzel Washington in a thankless role as a decorated Philadelphia cop who is tormented by a demon who once possessed a serial killer (Elias Koteas) that the detective helped put to death. While the story has an interesting aspect to it (the demon bounces around from person to person through a simple "touch"), you still get this feeling that you have all seen this before. Washington does what he can with his character, which is given slightly more information than the other few main characters, but the lack of color overall to the characters as well as a lack of a chilling atmosphere helps lull one to sleep pretty quickly. Of course, with cut and paste thrillers like this, there is a "twist" ending or two, and this one has a pretty clever one to it. However, the film is very, very forgettable just because it becomes tedious after awhile, despite Washington's earnest effort to make it somewhat respectable - it is just a downright bore.
December 16, 2011
Dan Schultz

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I find Gregory Hoblit to be a much underrated director. This impressive horror/thriller is very good. The film is definitely creepy and thrilling and Gregory Hoblit crafts a fine psychological horror film. Denzel Washington delivers a fine performance alongside John Goodman. The Fallen is a great mix of crime film, and supernatural horror with a psychological twist. I won't go into detail of the plot. Hoblit, I find is a fine director who knows how to craft an intricate story that is very engaging, and original. This is true speaking of Fallen. This is an interesting, very well executed film. The concept of the film, like most of Hoblit's films is very engaging film. Fallen is a remarkable psychological horror film that definitely is a must see. Fallen is a terrific film with plenty of twists. The performances of the cast make this film something truly special, and though it's not a perfect film, Fallen is still a top-notch psychological horror film with plenty to offer. The story is elaborate, and will keep you guessing till the very end. I enjoyed the concept of the film, and it made this film quite entertaining. Gregory Hoblit is an underrated talent, and with this film he shows that he can craft a terrific film. As far as psychological horror is concerned, Fallen sets out to achieve what it tries to do. A well acted, and executed film with an interesting concept, Fallen delivers, and with a cast like this, it's also a must see. The film is creepy, mysterious and above all very good. Yet another underrated film by an underrated director.
September 26, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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It was pretty good. The cast seemed a little random...But Denzel Washington was good.
September 18, 2011
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Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

Edgar Reese: Howdy, folks. Ladies, gents, cocksuckers, pederasts, I hope you all enjoy the show. Yes, I do. 

"Don't trust a soul."

Despite being completely ridiculous and having many flaws, I really loved Fallen. It's a really cool and entertaining movie with a cast that is a lot of fun to watch. I'll admit, it does go over the top with its ideas at times. The best example of this is the body shifts, but it never became so ridiculous as to where I found it annoying. From the opening sequence to the last narration; Fallen is always an interesting and thrilling ride. I find that I didn't dislike anything about this movie. 

The plot, while implausible, is a unique supernatural thriller meets cop drama. At first I wished we didn't know what was going on, while Washington's character was trying to figure it out, but in time it makes sense. The movie is a lot smarter than it seems. I think at times Gregory Hoblit tries to be too smart with it and he leads himself into some ridiculous scenes. But those scenes are the most fun. I really liked the way "Time Is On Your Side" is used throughout the movie to show the presence of the "Fallen." Any movie that uses The Stones as a motif is alright by me. 

The plot leads up to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. The narration aspect of the movie was a really clever little add on and ties the whole movie together. Fallen, for me, is one of those movies that I like despite knowing that its not nearly as good as it could have been. It has a great idea and is a lot of fun, but that's not to say it couldn't have been much better.
September 6, 2011
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Melvin White

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