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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.
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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
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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).
| Original Score: 5/5
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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
Variety
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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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.
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
May 20, 2003
[An] important film which rightly deserves its success.
| Original Score: 5/5
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Lorre's performance as a desperate killer who insists he can't help himself remains his finest hour on film.
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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
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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.