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In this intense adaptation of the classic Albert Camus novel, Arthur Meursault (Marcello Mastroianni) is a bored clerical worker in 1930s Algeria who is completely isolated from his surroundings. His alienation leads to sudden, mystifying attacks of violence, and eventually culminates in his arbitrary shooting of a man on a beach. In the ensuing trial, the full extent of Meursault's existential crisis becomes alarmingly clear to judge, jury and prosecutor.

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Critic Reviews for The Stranger

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (7)

  • Visconti, like Camus, realizes that the meaning of The Stranger is not to be found in the plot but in the mood. The mood is ennui, the dominant emotion of a man who hardly cares enough to tell his own story.

    April 7, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Visconti's film of The Stranger follows the action of the novel with hardly a comma missing -- and therein lies both its strength and its weakness.

    April 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The result is a totally schematic vulgarization of Camus' philosophical treatise in novel form.

    February 17, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Because The Stranger deserves so much more, it is all the more disheartening to see an effort so painstakingly loyal wash out as a mere story line.

    February 17, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It's a stroke of genius that nothing in "Lo Straniero" feels scripted, not even Meursault's final confession.

    May 7, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Literature and cinema - incompatible but habitual bedfellows - are fused flawlessly in this adaptation of Camus' existentialist masterpiece.

    February 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Stranger

  • Oct 25, 2013
    The fact that this is an extremely faithful, line-by-line adaptation is ironically the problem with this film, especially considering Mastroiani's off-the-mark, far-from-nuanced composition. Besides, Visconti's cheap direction doesn't help with all the horrible zooms and inept lighting.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2010
    I see that I'm the only person to have watched this on RT, and that doesn't come as a surprise. Though the director (The Leopard) and the lead actor (8 1/2, La Vida Dolce) are renown Italian filmmakers, I wasn't able to find this films anywhere except on YouTube and with English dubbing. Anyway, The Stranger is a classic novella by Nobel-Prize Winner Albert Camus which I have read twice and has become my favorite book. I've read all of Camus's other works (The Plague, The Fall, Myth of Sisyphus, Exile and the Kingdom), and since then I have been anticipating the day that I would have the time to watch this film. So I finally got around to watching it, and it was pretty awkwardly put together and not worth the wait. It's late and I need to go to bed, but I have a paragraph of notes about what I'll write about in my review tomorrow. 70/100
    Simeon D Super Reviewer

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