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The Fallen Idol Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
January 1, 2009
... one of the great films of innocence lost and a powerful portrait of the powerlessness of children in the adult world, where they are so often ignored or discounted.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 9, 2006
It's a gripping mystery story involving adult secrets, childhood lies and betrayal as part of the human equation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Christopher Null
November 14, 2006
separates itself from what would otherwise be a rather rote drama/thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 19, 2006
Watching The Fallen Idol is like setting off one of those milelong mazes of dominoes, with ramps and loop-de-loops and sheer drops. First, every element is ingeniously set up; then, everything falls into place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 19, 2006
Masterful 1948 suspense thriller.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 28, 2006
Many themes are tragic, but Fallen Idol also extols the resilience of innocence.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2006
As a portrait of the sometime destructiveness of innocence and as a sharp fresco of post-war Britain, this movie is a little masterpiece, an idol that has never fallen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 29, 2006
It's a masterful and unsentimental child's-eye view of the cold, hard adult world.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 23, 2006
This earlier pairing between the two masters is another well-crafted and thought-provoking film. And it makes you wish that Reed and Greene had teamed for more than just three films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 23, 2006
Reed and Greene build unbearable tension, with the nifty trick of showing events both as they happen and as little Philippe interprets (and occasionally misinterprets) them.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 15, 2006
An indelible portrait of childhood's confusions, disillusionments and inevitable lost innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 9, 2006
Remains one of those classics that makes you thankful you haven't seen them all.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 2, 2006
A marvel of postwar British skill with a frisson of Gallic flavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 20, 2006
A Hitchcockian thriller with human conundrums to go with the suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
May 11, 2006
A superbly subtle thriller that represents director Carol Reed and British Tradition of Quality (in black and white) at their very best. It's hard to think of another tale that captures a child's awakening disillusionment in a more perceptive way.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marc Mohan
May 5, 2006
A gripping film which, despite the annoying rugrat, demonstrates how part of leaving childhood behind is learning how and when to lie, and to do it well.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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May 5, 2006
A fine sensitive story, a brilliant child star and a polished cast, headed by Ralph Richardson and Michele Morgan, combine to make The Fallen Idol a satisfying piece of intelligent entertainment.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 27, 2006
The Fallen Idol has a good dose of Hitchcockian spice, with its patient set-up, tense details and slanted angles
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2006
A classically well-made film that is both unexpected and exceptionally gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 6, 2006
...while many elements of The Third Man do feel more Welles-ish than Reed-y, some of those very qualities can be detected in The Fallen Idol as well, particularly in the middle third of the film.
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