The Fallen Idol Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 19, 2006
Masterful 1948 suspense thriller.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
October 7, 2006
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 24, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 16, 2006
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.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 9, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 7, 2006
The Fallen Idol is actually a superior psychological drama [to Reed's The Third Man..
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 2, 2006
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.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006