Fade to Black

2006, Mystery & thriller, 1h 45m

7 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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Filmmaker Orson Welles plunges into postwar Rome's criminal underworld while investigating the murder of an actress's stepfather.

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Critic Reviews for Fade to Black

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (5)

  • All credit to writer-director Oliver Parker for trying to broaden his CV, but Danny Huston is a terrible bore as Welles, Paz Vega continues to be incomprehensible in English, and the murky mystery plot limps along unrewardingly.

    March 7, 2008 | Full Review…
  • On paper this must have looked a neat idea: a wildly fictionalised account of a skid-row Orson Welles, up to his neck in political skulduggery while shooting a third-rate picture in post-war Italy.

    March 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Like Black Magic itself, alas, this is destined to be a forgotten curio of limited appeal.

    March 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • For all its flaws, it's a movie-lover's movie, and clear evidence that Parker should push himself a bit more often.

    March 7, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • A terrific idea is unfortunately wasted. The great cast is wasted too.

    March 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A retro pastiche that, like The Good German before it, will be of limited interest to all but the most ardent film buff.

    March 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • All credit to writer-director Oliver Parker for trying to broaden his CV, but Danny Huston is a terrible bore as Welles, Paz Vega continues to be incomprehensible in English, and the murky mystery plot limps along unrewardingly.

    March 7, 2008 | Full Review…
  • On paper this must have looked a neat idea: a wildly fictionalised account of a skid-row Orson Welles, up to his neck in political skulduggery while shooting a third-rate picture in post-war Italy.

    March 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Like Black Magic itself, alas, this is destined to be a forgotten curio of limited appeal.

    March 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • For all its flaws, it's a movie-lover's movie, and clear evidence that Parker should push himself a bit more often.

    March 7, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • A retro pastiche that, like The Good German before it, will be of limited interest to all but the most ardent film buff.

    March 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Fade to Black is as sleek and attractive as the chrome polished vintage cars Huston travels in, but never truly gets in gear.

    March 7, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fade to Black

  • Oct 20, 2011
    I got confused with this one. Is this really a thriller/suspense, or it is just another mafia movie with Cristopher Walken? Hmm...well...if this was a thriller/suspense, it was really slow-paced and quickly lost my attention.
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