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The Stranger Reviews

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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,
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
July 11, 2008
Excellent post-war thriller, via Orson Welles.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
August 9, 2007
Full of bizarre shots and fascinating little moments.
July 22, 2007
As distinctively Wellesian as Citizen Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 29, 2006
The most restrained and conventional of Welles's films, but still a thrilling entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 1, 2006
Atmospheric thriller-noir has Welles, Robinson pluses.
| Original Score: 5/5
March 25, 2006
The whole film, produced by S. P. Eagle, comes off a bloodless, manufactured show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 9, 2006
Welles' third film, often described as his worst, but still a hugely enjoyable thriller.
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.
February 3, 2005
A lot more Wellesian than is casually assumed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 6, 2005
Comes up short as far as believability due to the lame script.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
September 18, 2003
It's only 1946, and Welles is already typecast as the man with a past and not a glorious future.
August 1, 2002
Brilliantly tense, with a heart-pounding climax.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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