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Top Critic
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 1, 2002
Brilliantly tense, with a heart-pounding climax.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
July 22, 2007
As distinctively Wellesian as Citizen Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 9, 2007
Full of bizarre shots and fascinating little moments.
Christopher Null
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
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Welles' third film, often described as his worst, but still a hugely enjoyable thriller.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 4, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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-
Phil Hall
Film Threat
July 11, 2008
Excellent post-war thriller, via Orson Welles.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 22, 2014
Film noir thriller, made with typical Welles creativity and visual style.
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
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
June 1, 2006
Atmospheric thriller-noir has Welles, Robinson pluses.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 3, 2005
A lot more Wellesian than is casually assumed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 16, 2001
a solid piece of postwar genre work about a Nazi hiding in bucolic small-town America
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Emanuel Levy
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
Top Critic
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.

September 18, 2003
It's only 1946, and Welles is already typecast as the man with a past and not a glorious future.
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