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The Quiet American Reviews

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September 18, 2002
The film feels dated both in its message and style.
February 18, 2003
Noyce's direction is glum and sententious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
October 7, 2004
| Original Score: 4/10
November 22, 2002
| Original Score: 4/10
March 25, 2003
Adapts a Graham Greene novel with something approaching economy but far removed from finesse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
February 13, 2003
...content to be an audio book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
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
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
November 22, 2002
Visually disappointing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
February 13, 2003
Strident and inelegant in its 'message-movie' posturing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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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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 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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