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The Third Man Reviews

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
August 6, 2015
Krasker's camera reveals a dank, matte, defeated city - so dully vivid as to be a character unto itself - except that this Vienna becomes something altogether different seen at night or underground.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 2, 2015
Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene let the story unfold slowly and deliberately, like the cigarette smoke that floats around the characters, and keep us guessing at every step.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 26, 2015
"The Third Man" is important not just because of its technique but because of its theme ...
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 24, 2015
A lot funnier than you remember it, Carol Reed's immortal 1949 film noir seems to exist in the space between two worlds: an earlier time when thrillers were mostly serious affairs, and a future one, when such supremely witty entertainments felt passť.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
June 23, 2015
The Third Man is a movie of sobering pleasures.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
It transformed the way I looked at the world.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.'
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 17, 2002
The Third Man is like the exhausted aftermath of Casablanca.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Variety
February 13, 2001
a full-blooded, absorbing story
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
One of the glories of postwar cinema, and quite possibly one of the most sheerly enjoyable movies ever made.
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Laura Miller
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
It seemed like the creation of a sensibility terribly old and wise, and most of all very European; it was the very essence of world-weary sophistication.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
However hoked-up and self-regarding, The Third Man ... remains an indelible experience.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The complete effect of The Third Man is of superficial mysteries wrapped around deeper mysteries of the human heart, all immersed in a desperate universe suspended by the silent witnessing of a thousand eyes.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Wonderful entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Of all the movies I have seen, this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies.
| Original Score: 4/4