Moonfleet Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 19, 2002
The film is let down by a script that could never draw out its characters and make its predictable story build to anything more than what's anticipated.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
But, golly, that screen play by Jan Lustig and Margaret Fitts is a thoroughly boneless thing -- a hodgepodge of odd and sprawling incidents without dramatic continuity or sense!

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 15, 2014
It is not an entirely successful picture (though definitely far from dismissible), and Lang can be faulted mainly for his growing need to please himself rather than the public -- an attitude not subscribed to in most of his earlier works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steve Jenkins
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A boy and a rakish smuggler search for a legendary lost diamond in a wonderfully stylised version of 19th century Cornwall.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
With mood and action the keynote of the John Houseman production, the direction by Fritz Lang plays both hard, developing considerable movement in several rugged action sequences without neglecting suspense.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 9, 2007
Complex, haunting adventure story.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A suggestive, subjective account of an orphan boy's apprenticeship to a dashing smuggler.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Adrian Danks
Senses of Cinema
October 15, 2014
Moonfleet is definitely one of the most visually striking films of Lang's American career, and more satisfying than a number of other more characteristic entries in his filmography.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
October 15, 2014
This is a solid piece of good old-fashioned escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
A thrilling and wholesome adaptation with Granger at his debonair best.
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TIME Magazine
October 15, 2014
The plot turns upon a lost diamond of great price, but mostly the film is a string of lively, unrelated escapades.
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