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The Stranger Reviews

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 22, 2014
Film noir thriller, made with typical Welles creativity and visual style.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
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,
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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TIME Magazine
March 12, 2013
Adroitly directed by Orson Welles, who also plays the star, it is a grade A gooseflesh-raiser.
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
Phil Hall
Film Threat
July 11, 2008
Excellent post-war thriller, via Orson Welles.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 9, 2007
Full of bizarre shots and fascinating little moments.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
July 22, 2007
As distinctively Wellesian as Citizen Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
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Variety
April 6, 2007
The Stranger is socko melodrama, spinning an intriguing web of thrills and chills.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
August 29, 2006
The most restrained and conventional of Welles's films, but still a thrilling entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
June 1, 2006
Atmospheric thriller-noir has Welles, Robinson pluses.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
The whole film, produced by S. P. Eagle, comes off a bloodless, manufactured show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Welles' third film, often described as his worst, but still a hugely enjoyable thriller.
J.D. Lafrance
Senses of Cinema
May 12, 2005
It is a tightly-plotted and well-acted thriller that bears Welles' unique stamp, in spite of it being a director-for-hire project.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 3, 2005
A lot more Wellesian than is casually assumed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 6, 2005
Comes up short as far as believability due to the lame script.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 27, 2004
Largely unsung, this Orson Welles movie is one of his most straightforward, yet still one of his greats -- and reportedly his only film to turn a profit on its original theatrical release.
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
September 18, 2003
It's only 1946, and Welles is already typecast as the man with a past and not a glorious future.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 1, 2002
Brilliantly tense, with a heart-pounding climax.
| Original Score: 4/5
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