The Fall (2006)



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

Movie Info

Los Angeles, circa 1920s, a little immigrant girl finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall. She strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums into the exotic landscapes of her imagination. Making sure he keeps the girl interested in the story he interweaves her family and people she likes from the hospital into his tale.

Rating: R (for some violent images)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Dan Gilroy, Nico Soultanakis, Tarsem Singh, Nico Soutanakis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 2008
Box Office: $2.1M
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as Mr. Sabatini

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as Father Augustine

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Critic Reviews for The Fall

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (30)

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

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Top Critic

The girl and the hospital patients and staff also turn up in his improvised adventure, extravagantly garbed by costume designer Eiko Ishioka.

Full Review… | December 17, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 3, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

So what if the front story is a little contrived?

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

Full Review… | June 9, 2009
Film Freak Central

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!

Eliza Norton

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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

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