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M Reviews

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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
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.
April 18, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
May 1, 2010
M is responsible for some of the most memorable images and sequences in cinema history
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
June 29, 2007
Peter Lorre's finest performance, and a truly significant socially-themed film.
| Original Score: 5/5
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+
January 1, 2000
This astonishing movie represents an unsurpassed grand synthesis of storytelling.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
November 11, 2006
An extraordinary, good, impressive and strong talker. Again fine work by Fritz Lang, and his wife and helper, Thea von Harbou.
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.
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.
September 4, 2014
You'll never look at a novelty balloon in the same way again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 16, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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+
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
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
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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