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The Fallen Idol Reviews

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May 2, 2017
The Fallen Idol is a fascinating film for how it manages to develop inner turmoil and for its earnest interest in the perspective of a child.
June 13, 2016
The Fallen Idol is one of the best achieved examples in cinema of seeing the world through the eyes of a child.
June 10, 2016
The Fallen Idol finds innocence and inquisitiveness at odds with corruption, violence, desire, deceit - all the stuff that grown-ups trade in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 26, 2016
In some ways an even more brilliant contraption than "The Third Man," and with a third act that might be superior, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 25, 2016
The Fallen Idol stands as one of the great films about looking, about perspective, about the way we watch and interpret not just film plots but each other.
February 16, 2016
The film is first-class entertainment.
January 1, 2009
... one of the great films of innocence lost and a powerful portrait of the powerlessness of children in the adult world, where they are so often ignored or discounted.
December 9, 2006
It's a gripping mystery story involving adult secrets, childhood lies and betrayal as part of the human equation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 14, 2006
separates itself from what would otherwise be a rather rote drama/thriller.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
October 19, 2006
Watching The Fallen Idol is like setting off one of those milelong mazes of dominoes, with ramps and loop-de-loops and sheer drops. First, every element is ingeniously set up; then, everything falls into place.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 19, 2006
Masterful 1948 suspense thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 28, 2006
Many themes are tragic, but Fallen Idol also extols the resilience of innocence.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
August 25, 2006
As a portrait of the sometime destructiveness of innocence and as a sharp fresco of post-war Britain, this movie is a little masterpiece, an idol that has never fallen.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2006
It's a masterful and unsentimental child's-eye view of the cold, hard adult world.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 23, 2006
This earlier pairing between the two masters is another well-crafted and thought-provoking film. And it makes you wish that Reed and Greene had teamed for more than just three films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 23, 2006
Reed and Greene build unbearable tension, with the nifty trick of showing events both as they happen and as little Philippe interprets (and occasionally misinterprets) them.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 15, 2006
An indelible portrait of childhood's confusions, disillusionments and inevitable lost innocence.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 9, 2006
Remains one of those classics that makes you thankful you haven't seen them all.
June 2, 2006
A marvel of postwar British skill with a frisson of Gallic flavor.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 20, 2006
A Hitchcockian thriller with human conundrums to go with the suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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