The Stranger Reviews

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February 19, 2021
Propelled by its intriguing, Oscar-nominated story.
August 15, 2020
Again demonstrates Welles' infatuation with flawed men and impossible redemption.
March 31, 2020
The noir ambience and use of ominous shadow is to the fore, and there are some gripping sequences that also have a touch of gallows humour about them.
September 4, 2019
[Welles] has performed a leading role sensibly and directed the whole in a manner which proves he is the master of a number of effective cinematic tricks.
March 15, 2019
They are backed by a smooth production, of brains and taste, and by a script that skillfully conceals the gaping holes in its mesh of intrigue.
October 31, 2018
The Stranger holds up incredibly well and serves as a reminder that Welles could craft a visual narrative unlike anyone else of his era, truly redefining cinema as we know it to this day.
August 22, 2014
Film noir thriller, made with typical Welles creativity and visual style.
November 5, 2013
Welles might not have had control in the editing room, but he indulged his penchant for long takes with the able assistance of ace cinematographer Russell Metty,
March 12, 2013
Adroitly directed by Orson Welles, who also plays the star, it is a grade A gooseflesh-raiser.
February 15, 2010
Welles is so technically proficient that even his second-tier works are well worth seeking out, and The Stranger belongs to this category.
July 11, 2008
Excellent post-war thriller, via Orson Welles.
August 9, 2007
Full of bizarre shots and fascinating little moments.
July 22, 2007
As distinctively Wellesian as Citizen Kane.
April 6, 2007
Orson Welles's 1946 film reproduces his personal themes of self-scrutiny and self-destruction only in outline, though it is an inventive, highly enjoyable thriller.
April 6, 2007
The Stranger is socko melodrama, spinning an intriguing web of thrills and chills.
February 9, 2007
One of Welles' most conventional films: His fans don't like it because it's too plot-driven and linear but that was his goal, wishing to prove that he could make a mainstream film after the brilliant but failures, Citizen Kane and Magnificent Ambersons.
August 29, 2006
The most restrained and conventional of Welles's films, but still a thrilling entertainment.
June 1, 2006
Atmospheric thriller-noir has Welles, Robinson pluses.
March 25, 2006
The whole film, produced by S. P. Eagle, comes off a bloodless, manufactured show.
February 9, 2006
Welles' third film, often described as his worst, but still a hugely enjoyable thriller.
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