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Metropolis Reviews

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
April 1, 2014
Occasionally it strikes one that [Lang] wanted to include too much and then that all one anticipates does not appear. But at the same time the various ideas have been spliced together quite adroitly.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 1, 2014
Each frame of this classic is drop-dead stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
February 25, 2013
One of the last examples of the imaginative -- but often monstrous -- grandeur of the Golden Period of the German film, Metropolis is a spectacular example of Expressionist design.
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David Thomson
The New Republic
July 27, 2010
I have just had a sensational night at the movies, and the picture was only 83 years old.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 23, 2010
A fully realized work of art whose influence on science fiction, set design and symbolism can scarcely be put into words.
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 6, 2010
Too bad that so much really artistic work was wasted on this manufactured story.
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 21, 2010
This movie is certifiably nuts and naive in many ways, but it is so exciting.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 11, 2010
There's no denying either the influence of Lang's vision -- so much of what he did in this film lives on that we take it as cultural assumption -- or the still valid energy of his storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 3, 2010
Here's a coincidence: The first must-see movie of 2010 is also the must-see movie of 1927. The difference is that you can actually see it now. Or most of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2010
To see the film as the director intended, on the big screen with an original score recorded by a 60-piece orchestra, greatly enhances the reputation of a film already considered one of the icons of the silent era.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 7, 2010
The extended version -- the additional footage is easy to spot because it's rather worn and a slightly different size -- provides more of the extraordinary performance by the teenage Helm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
July 17, 2007
Lang's impossibly vast skyscraper-ziggurats (inspired, it's said, by his first view of the Manhattan skyline) are the blueprint for nearly every science-fiction movie city of the past 30 years.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2007
The great Fritz Lang created this chilling 1926 evocation of a mechanized utopia run by underground slave labor.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2007
The film looks fabulous, and Gottfried Huppertz's original score is another worthy addition.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 19, 2007
You've seen the rest; now see the best.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Building on earlier science fiction and endlessly influential on later works, Lang's film is a mammoth marvel, fusing modernism and expressionism, art deco and Biblical spectacle, Wagnerian bombast, sentimental Marxism and religiose millenarianism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
January 24, 2003
The stunning cinematography, made crisper by present-day technology, and the film's overall visual concept continue to make your jaw drop with admiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 27, 2002
The restoration eliminates nearly all the distracting cracks and splices and stabilizes images that were previously jittery, allowing us to admire them in all their complex glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 14, 2002
One of filmdom's major must-sees.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
October 25, 2002
See it on the big screen while you can, or risk the wrath of Moloch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
October 17, 2002
After 75 years, Fritz Lang's Metropolis still stands as an icon of the silent era.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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September 19, 2002
A great artist contains multitudes, and Lang packed a host of contradictory longings into a single allegory.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 5, 2002
The eye-popping design and sense of scale remains as fresh and vital as it was in 1927.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 23, 2002
A masterpiece of art direction, the movie has influenced our vision of the future ever since.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 23, 2002
None of the film's many imitators has achieved something this immediately magnificent.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2002
Trashy and glorious, the restored Metropolis is a pop epic for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 26, 2002
The great thing is that despite the over-the-top acting, the makeup that doesn't know when to stop, the preciousness of so many of the compositions (Lang was nothing if not inventive), this is a great old movie-movie.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 12, 2002
Far from a historical curio, Metropolis arrives, three-quarters of a century late, like an artifact from the future.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 11, 2002
Catch it wherever and whenever it plays. It incarnates the idea of the Big City as a manifestation of modernism.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 10, 2002
A movie whose graphic intelligence is exceeded only by its conceptual audacity.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Few films have ever been more visually exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4