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January 9, 2016
A city looks for a child murderer in a ramshackled post-WWI German city in this unaged masterpiece by Fritz Lang. Lang focuses his lens on the empty, seemingly peaceful places, where a relentless witch-hunting takes place. A society, failed by the state, looks endlessly for a perpetrator, to judge and condemn in their own terms. A movie from the distant Weimar Republic, that foresaw the events that turned a whole nation into "blood-hunters".
January 3, 2016
De lo mejor que he visto en my life
December 27, 2015
One of the earliest masterpieces of history of film. Fritz Langs first film with audio, which unfolds like swiss clockwork, using the Edward Grieg "Hall of the mountain King" theme creating an unique mood. The characters feelings and souls are poured out visually, making it crawl under your skin. Also the unique insight in the very much realistic view on German as it were, back in 1931, poor, dark and hopeless. Peter Lorres expressions are needless to describes as they are legendary and sharp as any spear.
December 6, 2015
Fritz's questions of, "What are we to do when those who we trust to protect us fail?" and "If they can't protect us who can?" are posed and answered simultaneously. The ideas of "People can't have true justice." and "Those whose job it is to maintain justice are incapable of doing so." ring as clear as they did back when this film was released.
November 25, 2015
Decent but overrated in my opinion.
November 11, 2015
85 years old and still a great story.
½ October 20, 2015
A really well told story - there's nothing graphic or horrific, other than the crimes Beckert (Lorre) is accused of: abducting and murdering children. He's literally boogeyman! He has a great wide-eyed face which make him both creepy and emphatic. However, the story's interesting in that it spends half the film with a coalition of criminals who are out to catch him, since the police trying to catch "the Murderer" is hurting their 'business'. Some funny moments, but it's mostly a good chase/thriller - goes to show a good film holds up, even if it's black & white, in German & over 80 years old!
Super Reviewer
October 10, 2015
Police procedural, thriller, indictment of society . . . Lang is doing so many things so well at once it's enthralling. That a nearly 85 year old movie is still relevant isn't entirely surprising, that it may still be controversial, is.
½ October 8, 2015
88%
Watched this on 08/10/15
The are no heroes in M, not even any characters with an identity, except the serial killer himself, and all are normal people, part of a mob. Fritz Lang's movie begins slowly, but towards it's end, it shows a great level of psychological depth, the need for law and you may even end up sympathizing the killer. Peter Lprre gives a fine performance towards the end.
September 27, 2015
Maybe the greatest film of all time! A must see! M is a masterpiece.. In every sense of the word.. Fritz Lang was an incredible director and M was his pride and joy.. The cast was genuine and Every role was was played to perfection.. This movie is deep and hits so many different nerves.. It's everything a movie should be and its good every time you watch it no matter how many times you have seen it. If you have never seen M than the next movie you should watch is M.
September 17, 2015
Peter Lorre crafts Frankenstein's Creature meets Harry Lime in what turned out to be the pitch black silent birth of the noir. a talkie when german dialogue is interspersed with passages you could hear a pin dropped in, suspenseful visual scenes full of minimalist yet poignant symbolistic shots (objective correlatives such as novelty balloons candy wrappers and balls) next to conversation full of dark humour and satire. it's all the crime and killer dramas we've ever had, before they came out.
September 13, 2015
Still as shocking today as it was 80 something years ago.
September 3, 2015
Masterful in every respect, M provides a scathing indictment of mob mentality and the ultimate negligence of those who wish to proceed by way of emotion rather than reason, a universal message as relevant today as it was back in 1931.
August 4, 2015
Great acting and, at the time, unique and thought provoking social message, along with some fine directing and cinematography.
The problem is - this film is a mostly unengaging and far from thrilling bore.
It's well made and pretty notable in it's message, but some of it comes in a rush and doesn't leave much room to have any thoughts or feelings.
I wanted to enjoy this, but it left me bored and uninteresting throughout despite the nice acting and production.
For a 1931 film, it's quite something.
For a film, it's rather boring and unexcitingly told.
July 27, 2015
-IGNORE THIS "OUT OF FIVE" RATING
4/4
Chilling early talkie about a child murderer put on trial by citizens, not the law. Fascinating psychological thriller asks not to sympathize with its killer, but to understand him. Peter Lorre is still great, many famous scenes, and yep, one of the greats.
July 21, 2015
Nearly perfect in every way, Fritz Lang's M is a dark, suspenseful picture that basically invented the police procedural. Its bifurcated focus on both the police tracking a child killer and the criminal element that hunts him as well creates a taught, tense drama that has been replicated numerous times but never as well.
½ July 15, 2015
Surprisingly gripping and horrifying at the same time. The story starts off rather casually, and takes a little time before really revealing where it will be heading. But once it does, it's surprising and captivating, and especially remarkable considering that this film was made in 1931. The acting by Peter Lorre is phenomenal.
July 13, 2015
Ground breaking and the creation of the psychological thriller. This is truly a masterpiece which will live in history.
June 8, 2015
One of the best suspense films of all time. If you haven't seen this, you should.
May 9, 2015
Shows that there is honor amongst thieves. Sort of. When a child murderer runs rampant, the police perform a bunch of raids in order to catch this monster. The mafia is fed up with their business being disturbed by this man hunt and decide to go after this killer themselves.

The story gets better as it goes on. Acting is great. Sound dips in and out. It was made in 1931 after all.

Definitely serves as a great source of inspiration for decades worth of who-done-its.

Not fantastic by today's standards, but still very good.
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