The Quiet American Reviews

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Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
A subtle, deeply disturbing film with a performance by Michael Caine that is a marvel of understated elegance, delivering an emotional punch of prodigious proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
March 27, 2003
My initial reaction was of having seen a great story of political intrigue told well, but as I sit here thinking, levels of depth... slowly begin to open up to me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
March 25, 2003
Adapts a Graham Greene novel with something approaching economy but far removed from finesse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 17, 2003
'Una tranquila pero recia interpretación de Michael Caine, que realiza uno de sus mejores trabajos en años.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
In so many ways, The Quiet American speaks volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
March 9, 2003
[Caine's] performance is absolutely perfect, a study in restraint and subtlety that should be used as an acting course.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003
Noyce has no trouble convincing us he's made a film for our times. Even better, he's done it without upsetting the climate of the place where all Greene's novels are set, regardless of their actual position on the map.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 5, 2003
I must admit that this film flooded my mind with characters so rich and believable that I started to think of them as real human beings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
March 4, 2003
A smart and gutsy work that argues Americans are prone to repeating the mistakes of history instead of learning from them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
March 4, 2003
There's an almost great film here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 28, 2003
Like Sunset Boulevard, [this film] starts with a lifeless body, then puts the murder in perspective. It's a good cinematic structure, one perfect for a film that cares less about the crime than the journey toward it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 28, 2003
"The Quiet American" begins in Saigon in 1952. That's its first sign of trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 28, 2003
... journey into one particular heart of darkness, an organ that nevertheless pumps warm blood.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
February 28, 2003
Eliminates the last traces of Greene's religious motifs and focuses entirely on political and interpersonal themes. Yet these are at the heart of Greene's story, so as an adaptation it succeeds where End of the Affair failed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
February 25, 2003
It's a political film, but not in the way that an Oliver Stone film is political. Rather, it's political in the way that Casablanca is a movie about politics (it's romantic and entertaining and tells a story about interesting people).
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 19, 2003
Noyce and the screenwriters have nailed Greene with the kind of accuracy not seen since Carol Reed's two Greene films, The Third Man and Our Man in Havana.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 19, 2003
It's Caine who deserves the Best Actor trophy, delivering not only the finest male performance of 2002 but also one of the best of his entire career.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 18, 2003
Noyce's direction is glum and sententious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stacie Hougland
Hollywood.com
February 17, 2003
Michael Caine's subtle, nuanced performance is sublime, and it's the only thing that elevates this movie from dated and pointless costume melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
February 15, 2003
Its mysteries are transparently obvious, and it's too slowly paced to be a thriller. [But it's] worth recommending because of two marvelous performances by Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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