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Fahrenheit 451 Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Quickflix
September 16, 2014
Truffaut's movie clearly suffered from a troubled shoot - Truffaut didn't actually know English - so his oddball take on the material succeeds in only fits and bursts.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Pauline Kael
The New Republic
August 30, 2012
Even at the science-fiction horror-story level, the movie fails -- partly, I think, because Truffaut is too much of an artist to exploit the vulgar possibilities in the material.
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
October 29, 2010
Bradbury's 1954 vision of a totalitarian society where technology is worshiped and books are burned has been neutered and consigned to camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
October 26, 2009
Truffaut faces Bradbury's abstractions head on, not as science-fiction but as humanistic fairy-tale
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 31, 2008
On the downside, it doesn't particularly feel like a Truffaut film, but on the upside, it's a decent entry in the sci-fi genre.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
This 1966 film often looks good (it was Truffaut's first in color, photographed by Nicolas Roeg), but the ideas, such as they are, get lost in the meandering narrative.

TV Guide
June 5, 2007
A marvelously courageous personal statement that becomes more fascinating with time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety
June 5, 2007
With a serious and even terrifying theme, this excursion into science fiction has been thoughtfully directed by Francois Truffaut and there is adequate evidence of light touches to bring welcome and needed relief to a sombre and scarifying subject.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
An underrated film, perhaps because it is less science fiction than a tale of 'once upon a time.'
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 2, 2005
While not one of Truffaut's strongest film, it is nonetheless one of his few explicitly political works and also boasts sharp imagery by Roeg) and indelible score by Herrmann.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 17, 2005
É trágico constatar que a visão de Bradbury vem tornando-se cada vez mais real: a diferença é que, em vez de queimados, os livros vêm sendo simplesmente ignorados.
| Original Score: 5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 28, 2005
A keen adaptation of Ray Bradbury's novel by Truffaut; eerie in its simplicity and matter-of-factness about book burning and Big Brotherism.
| Original Score: 4/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
January 21, 2004
Dated and a little silly now, but one must love Ray Francois and Julie in a common mix.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 4, 2004
This is the kind of film that should encourage the perceptive viewer to rush out to the library to read someone like Herman Melville before it's too late.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 3, 2003
...celebrates the romance of the written word while also reveling in the medium that has replaced reading for many people, the cinema...
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Holy smoke! What a pretentious and pedantic production he has made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 18, 2003
What's actually indicted is the human inclination towards the easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 12, 2003
The movie is filmed in a rather low-key, dispassionate manner.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 29, 2002
Intellectually engaging, dramatically kind of dull.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Francois Truffault's film adaptation of the classic Ray Bradbury novel is an interesting miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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