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M Reviews

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½ April 30, 2015
This movie had a good depiction of how society would be without a criminal justice system set in place. It had a really nice ending but the movie seemed like it was never-ending. It felt more like three hours than an hour and 45.
½ April 17, 2015
A bit slow but there are not many films of this era that deal with such a topic, I can imagine that this was a bit shocking at time. Could it be the first serial killer film?
March 14, 2015
a story of a child murderer in a face of the criminal mob. Riveting and splendidly entertaining thriller that will keep you out of street for years. Fritz Lang believes that this film was his great, and it was truly is. The story line are nicely executed, the tensions are compelling, good job for the germans. The use of lietmotiff is effective to us viewers that covers the suspense.
February 5, 2015
The first definitive psychlogical thriller.
January 29, 2015
Worth seeing for the magnificent performance by Peter Lorre as the insane murderer. He plays one of the most distinctively creepy characters of any movie. His speech at the end is incredible.
January 4, 2015
**110 minute version**
83 years young, and it still has contemporary levels of suspense, audacity and relevance, M is an incredibly influential psycho-thriller that established conventions still used by serial killer movies as it intercuts the murderer's pathetic life with the investigation of his outrages. At once a creepy character study of a psychopathic child murderer and a riveting portrait of a community doused in fear, Lang deploys an arsenal of filmmaking fireworks in league with a progressive attitude towards his subject that is complex and still relevant. While Lorre's portrayal provides a horribly sympathetic focus for the film, Lang shows how his crimes affect an entire city. Lang, who two years later would flee Germany after being "summoned" by Dr. Goebbles, prophetically illustrates the danger of a police force with too much power, as M attacks revenge at a moral and legal level, and leaves you with a haunting conclusion
December 1, 2014
Fritz Lang's M stands as a landmark psychological thriller that dares to sympathize with a child murderer who can't help himself. Lorre's debut is one for the ages, and over 80 years later, this landmark looms large over every psychological made. Beyond Essential.
November 5, 2014
Considering how this film floored me! I can't begin to imagine how it floored audiences in 1930's whom were totally unprepared for such a disturbing theme and genuinely frightening performance!
½ October 4, 2014
¿Quién puede juzgar a quién?
September 30, 2014
What a powerful, portentous film. Just a letter "M" that is the one the bums use to identify the serial killer. A dark Berlin, cops and criminals share the same kind of meetings. In the end the killer, an apparently insignificant man ask for understanding, he is a victim of the circumstances, of his own impulses. The mob faces show all their hatred against the killer, but in the end the formal justice finds its way.
½ August 26, 2014
Dark, haunting and incredible.
August 15, 2014
Shot him like a mad dog!
½ August 6, 2014
though a very slow film, i don't any other movie has changed the face of cinema quite like this one (other than "Last Tango in Paris")
August 3, 2014
Just never equaled. Peter Lorre's interpretation remains a must see. Absolutely no mistake in the staging. How is it one cannot stage and/or perform movies like that piece of art more than 80 years later
July 31, 2014
Lang's textured evocation of a morally unsound society is given haunting immediacy by revolving around the search for a serial killer, whose presence incites fear and disarray for citizens, cops, and petty criminals. The killer is played by Peter Lorre, in a career-best performance, defined by compulsions, disgust, and pitiable mental unbalance. Lang's first sound picture uses it sparingly and effectively ( marking distance, innovative for its time) and marries this formal economy w/ an expressive, striking mise-en-scene, creating dread and palpable mood out of the simplest of compositions, camera movements, and montages. It is as seamless, precise, and as artful a joining of sound and visuals that one will see in the cinema. In a film w/ little violence or action, this landmark thriller and social statement is more powerful and chilling than many of its modern successors.
July 18, 2014
Possibly one of the greatest films ever photographed. As always, I'm rendered speechless by Fritz Lang's modern cinematic vocabulary. Such an artist ahead of the curve, and by decades. Stunning cinema, even 80+ years later.
½ July 14, 2014
Amazing to see a film that has clearly influenced a number of my favourites.
½ June 30, 2014
"M" might not be the best film by today's standards, but for 1931, it's a masterpiece. It is slow moving and monotonous at times, but then it really picks up in the second half. It shows great acting and a fine script. 30 minutes could have been cut from the film, although this could've been from the fact that editing a film was a long and tedious process back then. Overall, it is an intriguing story that has held up over the tears for the most part, but it's complex and thematic story could've been told better in a modern era with better cinematic techniques and a ratings system.
June 28, 2014
Gets better with each viewing.
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