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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.
February 16, 2016
The film is first-class entertainment.
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.
June 9, 2006
Remains one of those classics that makes you thankful you haven't seen them all.
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
February 9, 2006
Graham Greene liked to say that he preferred The Fallen Idol (1948) to the more famous The Third Man (1949) because it was more a writer's film than a director's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 27, 2006
The Fallen Idol has a good dose of Hitchcockian spice, with its patient set-up, tense details and slanted angles
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2006
separates itself from what would otherwise be a rather rote drama/thriller.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
August 28, 2006
Many themes are tragic, but Fallen Idol also extols the resilience of innocence.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
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
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.
February 7, 2006
The Fallen Idol is actually a superior psychological drama [to Reed's The Third Man..
May 20, 2006
A Hitchcockian thriller with human conundrums to go with the suspense.
Full Review | 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+
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 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
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 13, 2016
The Fallen Idol is one of the best achieved examples in cinema of seeing the world through the eyes of a child.
February 2, 2006
The film works beautifully and reminds us of the glories of the black-and-white cinema at its peak, shortly before the beginning of its gradual demise.
March 16, 2006
This is an example of a writer and director working in perfect harness, with Reed smoothly ratcheting up the story's suspense and Greene speculating on his cardinal theme of moral ambiguity.
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