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The Third Man Reviews

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December 14, 2008
Greene's story and screenplay, which he accurately described as "a comic thriller," is a gift that keeps on giving, with patter that's never less than brilliant. [Criterion Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 13, 2008
If The Third Man is a tragedy, it isn't just the tragedy of a hobbled city, scribbled with ruins and parsed into zones of occupation that can't communicate and don't cooperate.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 1, 2007
It transformed the way I looked at the world.
July 1, 2007
As you watch the film, you feel as though the screen is tilted higher, glowering over you as you wince in its devastating presence, which is probably how Martins felt scurrying through the Vienna darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 29, 2007
It's a suspense-thriller-romance steeped in Hollywood's best influences and 'gimmicks,' yet it's crafted with enough looming European 'art-house' style to topple Fritz Lang into an existential funk.
January 27, 2007
This is a unique classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 15, 2006
An iconic film noir that's still fresh despite being familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 28, 2006
An undisputed masterpiece, this movie captures the mood of Vienna in post-WWII like no other, and is also a testimony to film as a collaborative art, benefiting from Greene's writing, Reed's direction, and stellar cast with Orson Welles at his scariest
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 21, 2005
Welles gives Harry a mask of irony that turns all moral judgment back on itself. He turns a mass murderer into a wry rogue, and makes his villainy all the more horrifying because we rather like him.
October 2, 2004
Do herói fragilizado e patético ao fascinante vilão, passando pela fotografia inesquecível, a trilha surpreendente e uma Viena inigualável, o filme é simplesmente perfeito.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 4, 2004
The Third Man isn't an eager crowd-pleaser, but it's great. The film is distinctly British, with a wonderfully bizarre zither score by Anton Karas.
| Original Score: A
June 8, 2004
Is it perfect? Maybe the answer has more to do with semantics than film craft; it's at least indistinguishable from flawlessness.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
April 22, 2004
Seen today, The Third Man ... can be appreciated as a prophetic statement on the eventual moral bankruptcy of the one-world euphoria that clouded men's minds immediately after the second 'war to end all wars.'
February 4, 2004
A monumental arty thriller of British noir.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 29, 2003
This handsomely shot black-and-white thriller hasn't aged one bit. Terrific writing, direction and acting never go out of style.
| Original Score: 5/5
December 4, 2003
About as close to a perfect film as you're likely to get.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 11, 2003
Everything you ever wanted to know about the dark side of human nature can be found in Orson Welles' smirking face
| Original Score: 4.5/5
June 13, 2003
A true classic, wonderful selection for college film series audiences.
| Original Score: 5/5
May 20, 2003
Top credit must go to Mr. Reed for molding all possible elements into a thriller of superconsequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 4, 2003
It's hard to choose just one scene to sum up this poetic thriller, but the legendary scene on the ferris wheel may best represent its perfect blend of great writing, acting, and directing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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