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Fahrenheit 451 Reviews

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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
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
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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.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 12, 2003
The movie is filmed in a rather low-key, dispassionate manner.
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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
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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.
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-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 2, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
August 23, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
October 26, 2009
Truffaut faces Bradbury's abstractions head on, not as science-fiction but as humanistic fairy-tale
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
This is how you adapt a literary classic to the big screen.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
October 13, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 6, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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
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
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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 18, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 5, 2002
... conveys Bradbury's intellectual vision well enough to stand the test of time more effectively than a number of mindless science fiction films
Full Review | Original Score: B
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Weird, yes. And wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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