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The Conversation Reviews

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Top Critic
Michael Sragow
New Yorker
August 15, 2016
Thanks to Walter Murch's keen, intuitive sound montage and Hackman's clammy, subtle performance, the movie captures [an] elusive and universal fear-that of losing the power to respond, emotionally and morally, to the evidence of one's own senses.
Brian Holcomb
November 21, 2011
A film OF the 1970s, The Conversation is rooted in the new American anxiety of the time, the idea that behind every ideal was a rotten, festering truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 15, 2011
The Conversation is for me the masterpiece of American cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
November 8, 2011
Coppola may have made films of a more spectacular nature but here he makes a virtue of a introversion - so that the film's horror moment is all the more vibrantly terrible when set in relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 11, 2009
Coppola shows off his arty aspirations by doing for audio technology what Antonioni did for photography. But The Conversation is a different animal entirely, steering clear of the existential dilemmas in Antonioni's film and creating a character pi
Full Review | Original Score: 93/100

March 27, 2009
There's a strong case to be made for The Conversation being Coppola's greatest film. Which, when you consider what else he's made, is high praise indeed.
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Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
A major artistic asset to the film -- besides script, direction and the top performances -- is supervising editor Walter Murch's sound collage and re-recording.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 24, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2007
Coppola manages to turn an expert thriller into a portrayal of the conflict between ritual and responsibility without ever letting the levels of tension subside or the complicated plot get muddled.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 12, 2007
A movie of real authority.
Emanuel Levy
October 31, 2006
This is one of Coppola's masterpieces, a prophetic film about paranoia, the growing role of technology in our daily lives, and the impossibility of privacy even in public spaces.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
A bleak and devastatingly brilliant film.
Cole Smithey
November 14, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
An absorbing character study of a paranoid loner. Hackman is superb.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 26, 2005
brilliant conspiracy thriller
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Nicolas Lacroix
December 15, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
September 7, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 15, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 1, 2004
Hackman e Coppola têm trajetórias profissionais longas e brilhantes - e, assim, não é um elogio qualquer dizer que este é um dos melhores filmes na carreira de ambos.
| Original Score: 5/5
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