The Third Man Reviews

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Top Critic
David Ansen
November 1, 2007
It transformed the way I looked at the world.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 1, 2007
As you watch the film, you feel as though the screen is tilted higher, glowering over you as you wince in its devastating presence, which is probably how Martins felt scurrying through the Vienna darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Bourne
May 29, 2007
It's a suspense-thriller-romance steeped in Hollywood's best influences and 'gimmicks,' yet it's crafted with enough looming European 'art-house' style to topple Fritz Lang into an existential funk.
Peter Bradshaw
January 27, 2007
This is a unique classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Russell
August 15, 2006
An iconic film noir that's still fresh despite being familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
July 28, 2006
An undisputed masterpiece, this movie captures the mood of Vienna in post-WWII like no other, and is also a testimony to film as a collaborative art, benefiting from Greene's writing, Reed's direction, and stellar cast with Orson Welles at his scariest
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Welles gives Harry a mask of irony that turns all moral judgment back on itself. He turns a mass murderer into a wry rogue, and makes his villainy all the more horrifying because we rather like him.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
October 2, 2004
Do herói fragilizado e patético ao fascinante vilão, passando pela fotografia inesquecível, a trilha surpreendente e uma Viena inigualável, o filme é simplesmente perfeito.
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 4, 2004
The Third Man isn't an eager crowd-pleaser, but it's great. The film is distinctly British, with a wonderfully bizarre zither score by Anton Karas.
| Original Score: A
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 8, 2004
Is it perfect? Maybe the answer has more to do with semantics than film craft; it's at least indistinguishable from flawlessness.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 22, 2004
Seen today, The Third Man ... can be appreciated as a prophetic statement on the eventual moral bankruptcy of the one-world euphoria that clouded men's minds immediately after the second 'war to end all wars.'
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 4, 2004
A monumental arty thriller of British noir.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
December 29, 2003
This handsomely shot black-and-white thriller hasn't aged one bit. Terrific writing, direction and acting never go out of style.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 4, 2003
About as close to a perfect film as you're likely to get.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
September 11, 2003
Everything you ever wanted to know about the dark side of human nature can be found in Orson Welles' smirking face
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
June 13, 2003
A true classic, wonderful selection for college film series audiences.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Top credit must go to Mr. Reed for molding all possible elements into a thriller of superconsequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 4, 2003
It's hard to choose just one scene to sum up this poetic thriller, but the legendary scene on the ferris wheel may best represent its perfect blend of great writing, acting, and directing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Noir classic has great thrills, smart style.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
November 1, 2002
Essential Graham Greene, brilliant Orson Welles, and one of the best thrillers ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
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