Hangmen Also Die Reviews

February 25, 2013
Although Director Fritz Lang gives this familiar material occasional touches of distinction, the picture still misses Grade A rank.
February 25, 2013
From a directorial standpoint this is a triumph for Fritz Lang, who succeeds with singular success in capturing the spirit of the Czech people in the face of the Nazi reign of terror.
February 25, 2013
For all of Mr. Lang's finesse, his film is too patient -- it runs well over two hours -- too ponderous to hit its stride as melodrama. Nor does it match in emotional power and conviction its heroic theme.
February 25, 2013
The two-and-a-quarter-hour film has the iconic thrust of a silent; the pro-sacrifice resistance cant has an oddly jihadist tenor today.
February 9, 2006
Superb performances throughout, while James Wong Howe's photography perfectly captures the spirit of the occupied city, where hiding places are few and far from safe.
April 2, 2019
The title makes you expect the usual raw melodrama. Actually, you see a vivid, engrossing film, with brilliant direction by Fritz Lang, and some extraordinarily fine character acting.
August 29, 2016
The atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion evoked here is as pervasive as any Lang ever created.
October 6, 2014
An effective cat-and-mouse thriller and a paean to resistance, designed to give strength to those under Nazi rule. For a propaganda movie, it's surprisingly dark and not afraid to show the human cost of resistance.
September 16, 2014
Time has revealed Hangmen Also Die, once derided for being both too soft and too tough (depending on who you spoke to), to be one of Fritz Lang's sharpest, bleakest, and most dizzyingly inventive American thrillers.
February 25, 2013
Visually the film's atmosphere is marvelously dark and oppressive due to the moody lensing of the great cinematographer James Wong Howe.