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The Quiet American Reviews

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
A subtle and penetrating work, made to look effortless; nothing is forced or pushed, so much so that it's easy to overlook the extraordinary challenges posed by Graham Greene's novel.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 31, 2008
Além de trazer Caine em uma de suas melhores atuações, esta belíssima adaptação do livro de Greene combina com perfeição a tensão dramática de um triângulo amoroso e a complexidade política do maior teatro de guerra das décadas de 50 a 70.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
September 17, 2007
The film may be a not especially unusual mystery/thriller, but it's still a solid and entertaining one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Mr. Noyce interweaves the political and romantic plots masterfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Oscar nominations it richly deserves, not least for Michael Caine, whose performance as an English reporter goaded out of his comfortable, opium-clouded, ex-pat lifestyle ranks among the very best of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
[Caine] gives one of his best performances, whether dissembling a new-found inner steel under questioning or breaking down in the privacy of a toilet.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Director Phillip Noyce landed a beautiful one-two punch with this and Rabbit-Proof Fence, two political films with politics in the background and delicate human storytelling in the foreground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
As a piece of acting, The Quiet American represents a fitting capper to Caine's illustrious career; his portrait of a jaded sybarite whom history nudges into conscientious action is among the year's most moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
By cutting Greene's novel down to its most basic action, the screenplay makes the situations look bare and silly--including the Vietnam War itself, which seems to have been merely the opium dream of an old, horny Brit.
February 25, 2005
La confrontation, mais aussi l'amitié entre ces deux comédiens au sommet de leur forme, font de The Quiet American un film solide.
| Original Score: B-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Noyce has coaxed out what may well be a career-best performance by Michael Caine.
| Original Score: A-
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 6, 2004
Provides enough action to keep the restive in their seats, but the real excitement here is Greene's finely-drawn characters and the two performances that keep them alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
The Quiet American takes the viewer inside opium dens and dance halls. It peeks behind the curtains of political intrigues and exposes their violent consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 4, 2004
This is perhaps the finest performance of [Michael Caine's] versatile, distinguished career.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
The Quiet American is a powerful and provocative drama that demands to be seen.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/5
Louis Proyect
August 13, 2003
Unfortunately, the film is disappointing on a number of levels. This is partly the failure of Noyce and his screenwriters to bring out the strengths of Greene's novel; it is also a function of some rather unfortunate aspects of the great writer's work...
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 2, 2003
Caine, who also starred in one other Greene adaptation, 1983's The Honorary Consul, is the essence of almost all the author's misfits -- a practiced cynic masking an aching romantic.
| Original Score: A-
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
Fraser's beefy charm holds up well against Caine's whiskey-seasoned, opium-addled nihilism, proving that innocence and idealism are always the best disguise.
Spence D.
IGN Movies
April 30, 2003
This film is quiet in an eerie, slow burn, dripping with noir sort of way; disarmingly reserved, it manages to burrow under your skin and leave a lingering impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 21, 2003
A compelling look at a situation from history that parallels contemporary times.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
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