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M Reviews

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Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A subversive film, or more simply a movie brimming over with the ferment of Lang's imagination at its height? You choose.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 6, 2005
Even after 75 years, Fritz Lang's first German talkie works beautifully as a carefully constructed thriller and police procedural.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
January 15, 2005
M is the most dynamic profile of a serial killer in film.
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 10, 2005
It's creepy and masterful with many indelible scenes and a knockout performance by Peter Lorre.
| Original Score: A
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
December 13, 2004
It's clear that Lang was ahead of most of his peers in grasping the promise of the motion picture form.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
D.K. Holm
Movie Poop Shoot
December 13, 2004
A rather cold masterpiece.
Jake Euker
February 21, 2004
very likely the greatest film of one of cinema's greatest directors
| Original Score: 5/5
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
May 20, 2003
[An] important film which rightly deserves its success.
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
February 4, 2003
Fritz Lang's first sound film, his most chilling and provocative work, features Peter Lorre's greatest performance as a child molester and murderer.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 12, 2002
One of Lang's most impressive achievements
| Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
This astonishing movie represents an unsurpassed grand synthesis of storytelling.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The film doesn't ask for sympathy for the killer Franz Becker, but it asks for understanding: As he says in his own defense, he cannot escape or control the evil compulsions that overtake him.
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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
Lorre's performance as a desperate killer who insists he can't help himself remains his finest hour on film.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Peter Lorre became a recognized star as a result of this film and deservedly so, even though his speaking part was minimal and came only toward the end of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Ted Prigge
January 1, 2000
Fritz Lang's M is one of the great philosophical films, primarily because its anger and message are not bogged down in pretentious overtones with crush the story of the film, rendering it almost unwatchable a second time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Arguably Fritz Lang's greatest cinematic achievement, this unnerving tale of deranged child-killer Hans Beckert (Lorre) stalking the dingy alleys and shadowy playscapes of Berlin is as riveting a piece of filmmaking as you're ever likely to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
The film grows more unsettling when it becomes apparent that the child killer Beckert is something of a child himself, forcing the audience into something beyond complicity, something dangerously close to identification.
Keith H. Brown
Edinburgh U Film Society
January 1, 2000
M is one of director Lang's many greats.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's an impeccable film -- a model of psychological suspense and a stunning display of Lang's power and skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Images of Lorre's oversized, fearful eyes and the yanking of children from the streets by protective parents set the mood of this picture more effectively than any dialogue could.
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