The Mask of Dimitrios - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Mask of Dimitrios Reviews

Page 1 of 1
½ April 30, 2017
I watched the movie after reading the book. The movie was astonishingly faithful to the book -- apart from making the central character Dutch instead of English, apparently to accommodate Lorre's accent -- but for some reason the book simply didn't translate to the screen. Perhaps it's because Lorre was miscast? The interplay between Lorre and Greenstreet is the primary strength of the movie. But Lorre didn't come off as the naive mystery writer plunged by obsession into a seamy underworld; he seemed as though it was his natural milieu. Maybe that's the difficulty of typecasting.
½ July 2, 2015
A spy film that set new precedents for the genre. Some of its poor motivations weakened the plot.
½ December 30, 2014
Although it is great to see Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet teamed up again (after their superb pairings in Casablanca and especially The Maltese Falcon), they may not be strong enough to carry a film on their own. Or perhaps, despite its cult status, this film isn't strong for other reasons. Lorre plays a mystery writer who becomes obsessed with Dimitrios, a rascal and murderer whose dead body he sees at the morgue, and his international investigations frame flashback scenes about the crimes of Dimitrios. Greenstreet (also in the present) is interested in Dimitrios for his own reasons - and needs information Lorre has to reach his objective. Duller than it should be.
½ November 30, 2014
a good film noir movie
½ August 15, 2014
Best thing about The Mask of Dimitrios in the city modelwork for the scene transitions, an early precurser of (and inspiration for) the famous Game of Thrones opening credits sequence. The cast of this film isn't bad, but Loree and Greenstreet have been in far better products (both together and seperately). This movie is Third Man-lite. It has a lot in common with Carol Reed's classic - it's also a noirish, wartime European-set, author-protagonist-back-tracking-the footsteps of a suave, heartless conman. Dimitrios it pretty cool and interesting at times (I like the con job) but it lacks the sterling dialogue, rich atmosphere and phenomenal location work of The Third Man (it's mostly set bound) and is too talky overall.
June 5, 2013
There was a time before cell phones, the internet, or even network television. Information was found only through books, newspapers, radio, or face to face encounters. The latter often involved traveling to ask specific questions; the answers to which form the basis for another round of questions. Each answer may take the form of a knife-blade or a bullet, an excellent reason to cast Lorre and Greenstreet as the - well..., neither can really be considered heroes, right? In fact, not a single character of this noir flick could be considered a luminary role model. This is the epitome of its genre.
March 21, 2013
Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet team up yet again for a movie that's not quite "The Third Man" but it does demand comparison.
½ November 22, 2012
Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet together again. The story, about mystery writer Lorre solving a real-life mystery, is okay, but it's mostly Lorre and Greenstreet, along with some stylish direction, that make the film memorable.
½ January 7, 2012
The Mask of Dimitrios is an absolutely riveting Peter Lorre vehicle with wonderfully supporting performances from Zachary Scott and the always imposing Sydney Greenstreet. The film has a tremendous pace and is required viewing for fans of 40s hollywood cinema.
½ November 23, 2011
Lorre and Greenstreet as leads!
October 25, 2011
Decently entertaining old-fashioned mystery headlining the inimitable screen presences of Peter Lorre (in a rare, likable "good guy" role) and Sydney Greenstreet. It's got some nice atmosphere and an amiable sense of humor, even if it is a bit too genteel for its own good at times. Only a minor classic, but it is fun to see iconic character actors Lorre and Greenstreet putting their unique spin on leading-man territory.
September 24, 2010
Beautiful chance for typically supporting actors to show just how amazing they were in lead roles. Great dialogue, engrossing plot.
½ May 31, 2009
The Mask of Dimitrios is an absolutely riveting Peter Lorre vehicle with wonderfully supporting performances from Zachary Scott and the always imposing Sydney Greenstreet. The film has a tremendous pace and is required viewing for fans of 40s hollywood cinema.
½ March 16, 2009
another great film in the lorre-greenstreet canon! this is definetely one of the more underrated 40s film noirs. told through flashbacks and wrapped in mystery, this was a very effetive thriller.
½ August 16, 2008
An entertaining and well-acted piece of noir cinema. Where the hell is the DVD?
½ August 13, 2008
Certainly not one of the finest films noir to come out of Hollywood in the '40s, but a strong entry in the genre nonetheless because of the game performances of fine character actors Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.

Lorre plays Leyden, a writer of detective novels who becomes intrigued with the life of an apparently-deceased international thief, spy, and smuggler, Dimitrios Makropolous. He is pursued in his fact-finding by Peters (Greenstreet), a mysterious man also interested in Dimitrios.

As the two come in conflict, and eventually team up, the plot thickens.

The story is told in flashbacks that interrupt the primary narrative, in the same style as "Citizen Kane" or the later "The Killers." However, where those movies followed the lives of curious, captivating men and their untidy actions through the recollections of others, "Mask" does not focus on such a commanding individual: no matter how much is said about Dimitrios (Zachary Scott), what is shown of him never elevates him above a petty thief. Much of this can be attributed to Scott's performance; he made a career out of playing oily antagonists, who generate more loathing than fear (he went on to play the leech-like playboy husband in "Mildrid Pierce" the next year).

However, the performances of the central duo salvage the storytelling and plotting deficiencies, with Greenstreet and Lorre injecting humor and intrigue into the proceedings.
March 7, 2008
Very good noir film...reminding me of Touch of Evil. Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet are excellent together in this!
½ December 31, 2007
The fantastic Greenstreet-Lorre combination was never stronger and the noir elements unfold elegently and originally.
½ August 12, 2005
There's all too little kindness in the world!
Page 1 of 1