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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2, 2016
Lang's movie is that rare thing, a nail-biting soul-searcher. While M steers clear of analyzing deviance, it is startling in its musings on which punishment fits an inhuman crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
April 7, 2016
Our identification with [Lorre] as a psychopath is so complete it's hard to believe that while appearing before Fritz Lang's cameras in the daytime, he was, at night, acting as a comedian in a farce.
Cole Smithey
March 11, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] A precursor to the serial killer and policier genres, "M" is first and foremost a suspense thriller made all the more gripping because the identity of the killer is revealed in the first act.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
September 7, 2014
Lang's razor-sharp dissection of crime and punishment never puts a foot wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 4, 2014
It is a cousin to the early Hitchcock of The Lodger, and I have always found something even something faintly Ealingesque about its cynicism and satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
September 4, 2014
You'll never look at a novelty balloon in the same way again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Keyes
September 2, 2013
The movie looms over our cinema like a hand of consequence, haunting us with its austerity and power long after others have faded from the mind.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2013
Few films are gripping and effective 82 years after their original release, but this one surely is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marc Mohan
March 28, 2013
Lang's film is a must-see for even a moderately ambitious film buff.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 12, 2013
This is a movie that dares to sympathize with a sick person, that risks making the monster real and us (in an era when Germany's cinema was still shellacked in canted angles and fanciful shadows).
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
March 10, 2013
Fritz Lang's acute use of objects, symbols, letters, and codes to decrypt a relatively simple narrative remains as perfect an example of pure cinema in the sound era as one is likely to find.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 21, 2010
...a touchstone, one of those classics that infects the popular imagination to the point that it's really not necessary for most people to have actually seen it to recognize its signal moments ...
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2010
M is responsible for some of the most memorable images and sequences in cinema history
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 16, 2010
Fritz Lang entered the sound era with a bold expressionist thriller that captured the ugly mood of the years before the Third Reich.
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
February 26, 2010
Put simply, without M to show the way, there might have been no subsequent films in which a hidden killer unmasks the ills of the society around him
Steve Crum
February 24, 2008
Fascinating early talkie that made Peter Lorre a star as child murderer hunted by all.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
June 29, 2007
Peter Lorre's finest performance, and a truly significant socially-themed film.
| Original Score: 5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 16, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
The moral issues are complex and deftly handled: Lorre is at once entirely innocent and absolutely evil. Lang's detached, modified expressionist style gives the action a plastic beauty.
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Variety Staff
November 11, 2006
An extraordinary, good, impressive and strong talker. Again fine work by Fritz Lang, and his wife and helper, Thea von Harbou.
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