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The Maltese Falcon Reviews

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Sarah Boslaugh
November 9, 2015
...both great in itself and influential in the course of movie history
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Fernando F. Croce
June 7, 2015
John Huston's first whirlpool of seekers and patsies
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 18, 2014
exceptionally crafted
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Otis Ferguson
The New Republic
August 29, 2012
The Maltese Falcon is the first crime melodrama with finish, speed and bang to come along in what seems ages.
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
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...
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 19, 2011
Immaculately designed, evocatively photographed, and easy to watch but also spiky, morally complex, and ultimately unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Excellent but too mature for the littlest kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
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.
Sean Axmaker
October 26, 2008
This Spade is no stranger to the guile of shady clients and colorful suspects...
Douglas Pratt
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.
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James Berardinelli
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
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Variety Staff
April 8, 2008
This is one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form.
Cole Smithey
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 16, 2007
Who can argue with Bogart's glower or Mary Astor in her ratty fur?
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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 Review| Original Score: 90/100
Chris Barsanti
October 11, 2006
sharp and jagged... stripped clean
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 9, 2006
If 'The Maltese Falcon' doesn't qualify as the best private-eye yarn ever filmed, I don't know what does.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Emanuel Levy
September 7, 2006
One of the most brilliant directorial debuts in Hollywood's history, this gem of a movie catapulted Humphrey Bogart to major stardom, offering one of his finest roles (with many memorable lines) as detective Sam Spade.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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