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Odd Man Out Reviews

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
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.
Fernando F. Croce
May 25, 2015
Shadow and rain and snow blur in glistening corrosion for a very long Irish night
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 21, 2015
haunting and remarkable and utterly uncompromised
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Armond White
New York Press
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.
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
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.
Jamie Russell
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
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.
Peter Bradshaw
September 2, 2006
Fascinating but imperfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 2, 2006
Suspense gives way to metaphor in a stark thriller that hints at the work to come from master Carol Reed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Carol Reed's first great postwar film.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
December 16, 2003
Well-directed melodrama. Doesn't work on a 'tension' level, but is worth a watch.
| Original Score: 3/5
Richard Luck
May 24, 2003
It's amongst British cinema's finest crime dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Odd Man Out is a picture to see, to absorb in the darkness of the theatre and then go home and talk about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 13, 2001
This is Carol Reed's breakthrough film as a director...
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
Reed, one of Britain's finest directors, made his name with this haunting, lyrical masterpiece about a doomed fugitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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