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The Fall (2006)

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59

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 43

More visually elaborate than the fragmented story can sometimes support, The Fall walks the line between labor of love and filmmaker self-indulgence.

47

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 16

More visually elaborate than the fragmented story can sometimes support, The Fall walks the line between labor of love and filmmaker self-indulgence.

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Visually minded filmmaker Tarsem Singh returns to the director's chair for the first time since The Cell (2000) with this psychologically complex tale of a hospitalized paraplegic with a curious knack for storytelling. Unable to free himself from his sterile confines, the immobile patient's deepest fears form the basis of a dark story that he shares with his young companion -- a little girl who visits his room as she recovers from a nasty fall. As the eerie tale unfolds, reality and fantasy

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All Critics (107) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (43) | DVD (7)

...a movie that not only expected me to pay attention, it assumed that I could.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com
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The girl and the hospital patients and staff also turn up in his improvised adventure, extravagantly garbed by costume designer Eiko Ishioka.

December 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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The pacing drags and the clichéd tussle between childhood innocence and adult disillusionment can only go one way. Better to experience it than think about it, fair to say.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Pace and Untaru generate an unforced chemistry that makes them pleasant company for a couple of hours, but they almost work against the movie's need to establish narrative tension. They appear to be having such a good time that Roy's self-destructive impu

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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An achingly beautiful movie and a triumph of location scouting, with more cosmopolitan spectacle than the past three Indiana Jones and James Bond movies combined.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Sometimes, looking good isn't enough.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (2)
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So what if the front story is a little contrived?

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Often praised -- and rightly so -- for its incredible visuals and nonstop stylishness. I have no problem with that, except that I'm equally taken by its thematic implications.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A long, long trip through the museum

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

I wonder if it's unforgivable heresy to say The Cell is badly underestimated and due for revisionism while The Fall, despite its relative obscurity, is badly overestimated.

June 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comments (2)
Film Freak Central

Something like a Sir David Lean epic crossed with trippy offshoots of tall tales of Zorro, Ali Baba and Pecos Bill rolled into one, The Fall is a sun-kissed companion to Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. A brilliant follow-up from Tarsem Singh.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Tarsem has found a home for his endlessly unique visions, and (wouldn't you know?) it's beyond artifice and stealing toward art.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The story Roy tells is involving enough and so beautifully shot (see how many locations you can name) that it's worth seeing for that alone.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

One of the most beautiful things ever put on the big screen. On the other hand, the story is far too thin for adults, and far too dark for kids.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The film may look a treat in a static kind of way but the whole is a piece of turgid pictorialism that ends up unbearably dull.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
This is London

While nice to look at, it's also a very tedious slice of magical realism lacking in tension, suspense and, indeed, magic.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Comments (2)
Daily Mirror [UK]

Beguiling, befuddling, brilliant. It's sure to divide audiences but, for all its ocular opulence and wild fantasy, at heart The Fall is a tender, touching tale about childhood, hope and the power of story.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

But The Fall defies low expectations, proving the director can now partner his exquisite pictures with a ripping yarn.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

The Fall is hugely ambitious, but ultimately it's just an intriguing folly.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Does The Fall amount to anything more than a vast sugar-frosted folly? I'm not convinced it does, although its wanton extravagance is not without charm. Singh has money to burn and he builds a pretty bonfire.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comment (1)
Guardian [UK]

The visuals that illustrate the fairytale fantasy are extraordinary. But the film has none of the menacing brilliance of Pan's Labyrinth. The result is a triumph of style over talent.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A must-watch for lovers of the strange and unusual, this visually ravishing oddball drama has sequences of genuine beauty and charm - even if it won't be to everyone's taste.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Tarsem's film is breathtakingly imaginative, but at times you're left feeling like you've eaten too many sweets.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Fall

A multicultural ,surrealistic ,epic story about an adventure where darkness, betrayal and love take place.
But that's not the main story ,no, that's the fairytale for the little Alexandria which Roy makes up.

Extremely moving and funny.
The Soundtrack is a masterpiece!
September 28, 2012
MrsInsomnia

Super Reviewer

The Fall is probably one of the most visually impressive films of all time. To say it is beautiful is an understatement. The balance or contrast of reality and fantasy is very well executed, it truly is a feast for the senses. It may be let down ever so slightly by the script, which for all its boasts of being filmed in 20 different countries is a little bit frustrating. Still, any slight irritations of script and story are more than made up for by the presence of the cutest little girl in the world. Catinca Untaru is adorable and for all the production, visual craft-ship and huge budget - she is easily the best reason to watch.
May 2, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Colorful and strange. The channeled improvisation between child actress Catinca Untaru and Lee Pace is fantastic, adding a dimension of believability and realism to some rather questionable exchanges of dialogue.
April 16, 2012
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Randy Tippy

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The story is so large but never covers any true depth. The scenery is beautiful but in the end goes to waste with such a mediocre plot.
February 5, 2012
paul o.
paul oh

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    1. Alexandria: What means suicide?
    – Submitted by Katherine M (18 months ago)
    1. Roy Walker: But it's my story!
    2. Alexandria: Mine, too.
    – Submitted by Corley S (21 months ago)
    1. Roy Walker: Are you trying to save my soul?
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Charles Darwin/Orderly: Shoot, you animals. They'll pay you well for Darwin's hide.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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