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The Third Man Reviews

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August 1, 2015
By the very nature of its settings and story, there are occasional reminiscences of Lang and Hitchcock, but there is nothing borrowed or imitated. Stylistically, The Third Man is Reed's most impressive film.
July 3, 2015
It's an exciting experience, dazzling and entertaining and thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 1, 2015
What really makes the film sing, though, isn't the jaunty and iconic zither score by Anton Karas. It's the film's groundbreaking visual aesthetic, which combines noir tropes with expressionism to create a visual wonderland of living shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 29, 2012
The movie's verve comes from the abstract use of a jangling zither and from squirting Orson Welles into the plot piece-meal with a tricky, facetious eyedropper.
October 14, 2011
The truth is often what one least expects it to be, and the ability to cope with the seemingly unbelievable is a dividing line between Reed's characters.
January 2, 2011
As powerful and original now as it was in 1949.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 3, 1949
Despite his limited appearance, Welles has remained the face of The Third Man for years, and rightfully so. His eleventh hour performance is one of the best of his career, and without it, the movie wouldn't be quite as memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 31, 2002
... in sparkling black and white ... a gorgeous example of the possibilities of cinematic chiaroscuro and among the most entertaining 'classic' films of any genre.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A+
January 1, 2000
Of all the movies I have seen, this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 29, 2002
For lovers of film noir, The Third Man is unquestionably a must-see -- one of the masterpieces of a genre that has contained everything from milestone motion pictures to low-budget potboilers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 2, 2015
Like many, I have loved this thriller of conscience and betrayal most of my moviegoing life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
November 7, 2002
Noir classic has great thrills, smart style.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 1, 2002
Essential Graham Greene, brilliant Orson Welles, and one of the best thrillers ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
July 28, 2015
Welles was a still-ridiculously young 34 when he played Harry, but he was probably born sounding 56...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
Wonderful entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
This movie is a mishmash of many different talents coming together in a way that seems magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A triumph of atmosphere and grown-up concerns.
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
July 4, 2015
The bombed buildings, piles of rubble and their evocative shadows form a haunting backdrop to the outdoor scenes, particularly at night. ... Greene's talent for dialogue and suspense shine. [It] has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster.
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