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The Quiet American Reviews

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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.
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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-
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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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 7, 2003
For Caine, it's a peak performance in a career that has had many of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 7, 2003
It's a political story -- and an uncannily timely one -- yet the politics fade into the background in the wake of Caine's complex and splendid performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
February 7, 2003
Old-fashioned storytelling in the best sense of the term.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 7, 2003
This is a smart and literate effort that despite some weaknesses in overall conception has one undeniable virtue: There's not a single weak scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 7, 2003
A fine film anchored by a terrific performance by one of cinema's most accomplished actors.
| Original Score: A-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 7, 2003
Caine is the center of this film and he's never been more brilliant and less blinding.
| Original Score: B+
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
February 7, 2003
This story still seems timely and important. And there's an element of heartbreak to watching it now, with older and wiser eyes, because we know what will happen after Greene's story ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 7, 2003
A rare Western feature shot in Vietnam, with real locations and sets that look well-worn enough to be real, with wonderful performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 7, 2003
raser has finally made good on his hesitant dramatic turn in Gods and Monsters a few years back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 7, 2003
The narrative is lean, the supporting performances are solid, and, perhaps most crucially, the emotional tone of the piece is spot-on.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 7, 2003
Caine's imperial world weariness gives the movie a vital potency.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 7, 2003
Exceedingly handsome, unapologetically intelligent drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 7, 2003
The result is a rarity on the modern screen -- a film with more brains than heart. Yet that alone makes for a pleasant change.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2003
It's Caine who gives the movie depth.
| Original Score: B+
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 7, 2003
Phillip Noyce and all of his actors -- as well as his cinematographer, Christopher Doyle -- understand the delicate forcefulness of Greene's prose, and it's there on the screen in their version of The Quiet American.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 7, 2003
In a seemingly effortless performance, Caine dominates every scene in the film, not by what he does but by what he doesn't do.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
February 6, 2003
This version incarnates the prophetic book in a way even its exacting author might admire.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 6, 2003
A fine adaptation despite the slight departures from its source, with warm cinematography that captures the feel of '50s Saigon and two performances worthy of Oscar attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 6, 2003
Caine creates a portrait of a man torn up by ambivalence, and, in the end, despair, that is just about brilliant.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 6, 2003
An instant classic and a dramatic beauty, a film that gets us to the core of Greene's chilly, dark and romantic view of the post-war world.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 6, 2003
Noyce has wrought an often-compelling tale of life, love, and jealousy played out under the gathering storm clouds of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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February 1, 2003
It's hard to imagine a tighter, more gripping adaptation of Graham Greene's 1955 novel.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 16, 2003
A full experience, a love story and a murder mystery that expands into a meditation on the deep deceptions of innocence.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 19, 2002
Mr. Caine and Mr. Fraser are the whole show here, with their memorable and resourceful performances.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 22, 2002
This is intelligent grown-up entertainment on both a political and a humanistic level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 22, 2002
Strong, haunting and couldn't be more timely.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 22, 2002
Highly recommended viewing for its courage, ideas, technical proficiency and great acting.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
November 22, 2002
Visually disappointing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 21, 2002
Does a superb job of evoking the psychological world of Graham Greene in which the truth of any situation tends to be hidden and riddled with ambiguities.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
November 21, 2002
[Noyce] has made a good-looking, intelligent stab at the novel, mildly undermined by a tendency to seek contemporary relevance.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 21, 2002
[A] superbly controlled, passionate adaptation of Graham Greene's 1955 novel.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 20, 2002
A towering achievement with a soul-baring performance by Michael Caine that deserves the highest praise.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 19, 2002
Not only true to Greene's novel -- it has the effect of making the novel itself seem truer than it has ever been.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 18, 2002
The Saigon of 1952 is an uneasy mix of sensual delights and simmering violence, and The Quiet American brings us right into the center of that world.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2002
The film feels dated both in its message and style.