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The Fallen Idol Reviews

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 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.
October 19, 2006
Masterful 1948 suspense thriller.
Read More | 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 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.
May 20, 2006
A Hitchcockian thriller with human conundrums to go with the suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
May 5, 2006
A fine sensitive story, a brilliant child star and a polished cast, headed by Ralph Richardson and Michele Morgan, combine to make The Fallen Idol a satisfying piece of intelligent entertainment.
April 8, 2006
A classically well-made film that is both unexpected and exceptionally gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 24, 2006
Crafting plot through dynamic use of London locations and a magnificent embassy set designed by Vincent Korda, Reed and venerable cinematographer Georges Périnal set a fascinating, multilayered stage for Phil's dilemma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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
February 7, 2006
The Fallen Idol is actually a superior psychological drama [to Reed's The Third Man..
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.