Odd Man Out


Odd Man Out

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In the aftermath of a botched hold-up, intended to finance the activities of his IRA cell, a wounded Johnny McQueen takes shelter in the back-alleys of Belfast, a shadowy underworld where sanctuary is freighted at every moment with peril. Meanwhile, a vast police manhunt is launched -- a net that closes steadily, remorselessly in upon him.

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Critic Reviews for Odd Man Out

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8)

  • 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.

    Mar 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 11, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 11, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Aug 21, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    Top Critic
  • Fascinating but imperfect.

    Sep 2, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Carol Reed's first great postwar film.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Odd Man Out

  • Jul 01, 2016
    Despite the disclaimer in the opening scene, this really is a political thriller. The movie is very clearly exploring how people pick sides in violent ideological conflicts and ultimately finds it all to be pointless as most of the characters choose based on entirely selfish and pragmatic reasons.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2015
    The cinematography is remarkable...sadly the story isn't. Best enjoyed on mute.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2012
    After an IRA-sponsored bank heist goes wrong, a seriously wounded man wanders Belfast. I spent most of this film wondering about the title card at the beginning that pretentiously proclaimed the film was about "the hearts of men" and not the IRA. I kept looking for what the film was saying about the hearts of men, but the collection of characters was more varied and idiosyncratic than can be reduced to types; they don't seem emblematic of a particular political position. I felt like the film wanted to be more reductive than what I saw in it, which is a strange reversal of fortune. The action sequences, particularly the attempted escape from the bank, were often thrilling. When the film became a character study instead of an action film in the second and third acts, director Carol Reed handled that transition well, though not seamlessly. James Mason flashes bits of a fleshed-out character, but mostly the script relegates him to playing wounded, but the large, supporting cast is colorful and interesting. Overall, I don't really know what Odd Man Out is saying or what it thinks it's saying, but the characters are round and mostly interesting, which ultimately makes the film worth watching.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2009
    Excellent British noir, perhaps a little overlong. James Mason is brilliant in the lead but it is beautifully acted by the entire cast.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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