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The Maltese Falcon Reviews

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May 17, 2017
The Maltese Falcon feels evergreen, not so much in style or attitude but in mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 8, 2016
Arguably the best detective movie ever made in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
November 9, 2015
...both great in itself and influential in the course of movie history
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 7, 2015
John Huston's first whirlpool of seekers and patsies
April 18, 2014
"The stuff that dreams are made of," comments Spade about the elusive black bird of the title, a sentiment easily applied to this indisputable masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 18, 2014
exceptionally crafted
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2012
The Maltese Falcon is the first crime melodrama with finish, speed and bang to come along in what seems ages.
May 1, 2011
It's the classic hardboiled private-eye movie; the nervy maiden offering of its celebrated director, John Huston; the first glamorous star vehicle for Humphrey Bogart...
January 19, 2011
Immaculately designed, evocatively photographed, and easy to watch but also spiky, morally complex, and ultimately unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
December 28, 2010
Excellent but too mature for the littlest kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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April 23, 2009
Frighteningly good evidence that the British (Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, et al.) have no monopoly on the technique of making mystery films.
October 26, 2008
This Spade is no stranger to the guile of shady clients and colorful suspects...
August 22, 2008
The film is made up almost entirely of talk, and yet the performances are so wonderfully flamboyant and focused that conversations become the action of the movie.
June 10, 2008
The Maltese Falcon is among the most important and influential movies to emerge from the Hollywood system -- as significant in some ways as its contemporary, Citizen Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 8, 2008
This is one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form.
January 19, 2008
Perfect use of the old McGuffin.
| Original Score: 5/5
October 16, 2007
With its dark, complex plotting, stark black-and-white photography, concentration on the baseness of man, and a cynical mood sustained to its still shockingly grim conclusion, this is the prototypical film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 16, 2007
Who can argue with Bogart's glower or Mary Astor in her ratty fur?
September 9, 2007
... part of what makes a film great is its power to obliterate whatever preconceptions we bring to it. There is brittle wit and sparkling harm and a very adult sense of fun present in The Maltese Falcon; it still works as a movie
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 90/100
October 11, 2006
sharp and jagged... stripped clean
| Original Score: 4/5
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