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The Fallen Idol Reviews

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Remains one of those classics that makes you thankful you haven't seen them all.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

June 9, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 4/4

October 19, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Graham Greene liked to say that he preferred The Fallen Idol (1948) to the more famous The Third Man (1949) because it was more a writer's film than a director's.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 9, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The Fallen Idol has a good dose of Hitchcockian spice, with its patient set-up, tense details and slanted angles

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

April 27, 2006
Christopher Null

separates itself from what would otherwise be a rather rote drama/thriller.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 14, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Many themes are tragic, but Fallen Idol also extols the resilience of innocence.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

August 28, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a gripping mystery story involving adult secrets, childhood lies and betrayal as part of the human equation.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

December 9, 2006
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... 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.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

January 1, 2009
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The Fallen Idol is actually a superior psychological drama [to Reed's The Third Man..

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 7, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A Hitchcockian thriller with human conundrums to go with the suspense.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 20, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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An indelible portrait of childhood's confusions, disillusionments and inevitable lost innocence.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

June 15, 2006
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

August 25, 2006
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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It's a masterful and unsentimental child's-eye view of the cold, hard adult world.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

June 29, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The film works beautifully and reminds us of the glories of the black-and-white cinema at its peak, shortly before the beginning of its gradual demise.

February 2, 2006
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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This is an example of a writer and director working in perfect harness, with Reed smoothly ratcheting up the story's suspense and Greene speculating on his cardinal theme of moral ambiguity.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 16, 2006
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Crafting plot through dynamic use of London locations and a magnificent embassy set designed by Vincent Korda, Reed and venerable cinematographer Georges Périnal set a fascinating, multilayered stage for Phil's dilemma.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 24, 2006
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...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.

April 6, 2006
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A classically well-made film that is both unexpected and exceptionally gripping.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

April 8, 2006
Marc Mohan

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: A-

May 5, 2006
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 5/5

May 11, 2006
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
November 9, 2006
Andrew O'Hehir
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October 7, 2006
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
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May 24, 2003

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
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