M Reviews

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.
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.
April 11, 2013
Few films are gripping and effective 82 years after their original release, but this one surely is.
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).
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.
November 11, 2006
An extraordinary, good, impressive and strong talker. Again fine work by Fritz Lang, and his wife and helper, Thea von Harbou.
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.
May 20, 2003
[An] important film which rightly deserves its success.
January 1, 2000
Lorre's performance as a desperate killer who insists he can't help himself remains his finest hour on film.
January 1, 2000
This astonishing movie represents an unsurpassed grand synthesis of storytelling.