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The Third Man Reviews

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Manny Farber
The Nation

The movie's verve comes from the abstract use of a jangling zither and from squirting Orson Welles into the plot piece-meal with a tricky, facetious eyedropper.

Full Review Source: The Nation

August 29, 2012
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

As powerful and original now as it was in 1949.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011

Film4

One of British cinema's most enduring and atmospheric thrillers. A genuine and endlessly rewatchable classic.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

April 20, 2009
Matt Noller
Slant Magazine

Directors like Reed and Wilder created an environment of spatial and moral confusion in which their pulpy narratives could take on the ethical weight of a Biblical proverb.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

December 16, 2008
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Greene's story and screenplay, which he accurately described as "a comic thriller," is a gift that keeps on giving, with patter that's never less than brilliant. [Criterion Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

December 14, 2008
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

If The Third Man is a tragedy, it isn't just the tragedy of a hobbled city, scribbled with ruins and parsed into zones of occupation that can't communicate and don't cooperate.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: A

September 13, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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It transformed the way I looked at the world.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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 Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

July 1, 2007
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

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.

Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com

May 29, 2007

Empire Magazine

This will haunt you.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

September 23, 2006

An iconic film noir that's still fresh despite being familiar.

Full Review Source: BBC | Original Score: 5/5

August 15, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

July 28, 2006
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

July 21, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

October 2, 2004
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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

August 4, 2004
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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

June 8, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.'

April 22, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A monumental arty thriller of British noir.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

February 4, 2004
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

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

December 29, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

About as close to a perfect film as you're likely to get.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

December 4, 2003

Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 25, 2011
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Irish Times

January 1, 2000
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