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The Fall Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
So what if the front story is a little contrived?
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 9, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Bourne
February 2, 2009
...a movie that not only expected me to pay attention, it assumed that I could.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2008
The girl and the hospital patients and staff also turn up in his improvised adventure, extravagantly garbed by costume designer Eiko Ishioka.
Nick Rogers
November 7, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Tarsem has found a home for his endlessly unique visions, and (wouldn't you know?) it's beyond artifice and stealing toward art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
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.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
October 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
October 3, 2008
While nice to look at, it's also a very tedious slice of magical realism lacking in tension, suspense and, indeed, magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nev Pierce
Total Film
October 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
October 3, 2008
But The Fall defies low expectations, proving the director can now partner his exquisite pictures with a ripping yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
October 3, 2008
The Fall is hugely ambitious, but ultimately it's just an intriguing folly.
Xan Brooks
October 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
October 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/6
Kat Brown
Empire Magazine
October 3, 2008
Tarsem's film is breathtakingly imaginative, but at times you're left feeling like you've eaten too many sweets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
October 2, 2008
Enjoyable, well acted and visually stunning fantasy drama that is sure to divide audiences but is unlike anything else you'll see all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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