Odd Man Out Reviews

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March 2, 2018
Dostoevskian in conception and design, the story progressively becomes more wildly adventurous, more mystical, more half-baked. But even in its failures, Odd Man Out is admirable.
August 15, 2017
Making an IRA leader sympathetic must have been risky in Britain in 1947
February 16, 2016
This film puts Reed high in the first rank of directors. It is not a great tragedy of deep-searching characterisation but it is a compelling drama of the chase, geared to an unlagging tempo.
May 25, 2015
Shadow and rain and snow blur in glistening corrosion for a very long Irish night
May 21, 2015
haunting and remarkable and utterly uncompromised
April 18, 2015
It was the rat-tat-tat releases of 1947's Odd Man Out (good), 1948's The Fallen Idol (better) and 1949's The Third Man (best) that marked Carol Reed as a world-class filmmaker.
April 13, 2015
What begins as an exercise in realism that includes an exceedingly quiet, civil robbery sequence, become increasingly expressionistic as it goes along.
November 17, 2011
April 25, 2011
Carol Reed's Odd Man Out is one of the best political thrillers ever, with a top notch turn from James Mason.
September 6, 2010
I really enjoyed the dark atmospheric cinematography, and a wonderful, large cast. The movie kind of wanders away from itself in the second half, but I mostly enjoyed the places where it rambled.
September 2, 2009
This is not director Carol Reed's best film (ranking behind The Third Man,The Stars Look Down, Outcast of the Islands, Night Train to Munich), but it impressively displays Reed's command of image and atmosphere.
March 11, 2008
This may be Reed's most pretentious film, but it also happens to be one of his very best, beautifully capturing the poetry of a city at night.
March 11, 2008
Carol Reed has made his film with deliberation and care, and has achieved splendid teamwork from every member of the cast. Occasionally too intent on pointing his moral and adorning his tale, he has missed little in its telling.
August 21, 2007
Reed's take on the material is innovative, letting realism blur into an anaemic, soul-searching delirium. Camera trickery is used to mind-bending effect and Odd Man Out's hallucinatory tone is often astonishing.
August 2, 2007
a rich noir treat - and Mason has the acting chops to make even a rapidly fading, near mute half-corpse compelling to watch.
December 30, 2006
September 2, 2006
Fascinating but imperfect.
August 2, 2006
Suspense gives way to metaphor in a stark thriller that hints at the work to come from master Carol Reed.
January 26, 2006
Carol Reed's first great postwar film.
June 11, 2005
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