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The Quiet American Reviews

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Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2002
The film feels dated both in its message and style.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 18, 2003
Noyce's direction is glum and sententious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Heilman
November 23, 2002
Workmanlike where it should be sensual, it fails to capture the romantic obsessions that dominate Greene's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
November 28, 2002
Admirable, certainly, but not much fun to watch. For Caine Lovers only.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 7, 2003
The movie may be named after The Quiet American, but it's the quiet British guy who steals the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
| Original Score: 4/10
Tony Medley
November 22, 2002
| Original Score: 4/10
Adam Nayman
March 25, 2003
Adapts a Graham Greene novel with something approaching economy but far removed from finesse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stacie Hougland
February 17, 2003
Michael Caine's subtle, nuanced performance is sublime, and it's the only thing that elevates this movie from dated and pointless costume melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
February 13, 2003
...content to be an audio book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
December 15, 2002
Historical dramas fused with love triangle is a well worn conceit. But this films lacks the passion required to sell the material.
December 10, 2002
I'm not exactly sure what this movie thinks it is about.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine
September 27, 2002
Its love story eclipses rather than complements the inherent spy thriller that skewers Yankee imperialism in the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
November 22, 2002
Visually disappointing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 16, 2002
The reason I found myself finally unmoved by this film, which is immaculately produced and has serious things to say, is that it comes across rather too plainly as allegory.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
February 13, 2003
Strident and inelegant in its 'message-movie' posturing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 14, 2003
There's something not entirely convincing about The Quiet American. And that holds true for both the movie and the title character played by Brendan Fraser.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 13, 2003
The Quiet American was filmed in Vietnam and does a wonderful job of conveying a sense of place and time.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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