The Third Man Reviews

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September 8, 2019
Seventy years on such sombreness seems timely, as does Harry Lime, Welles's deliciously elusive antihero.
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.
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.
July 2, 2015
Like many, I have loved this thriller of conscience and betrayal most of my moviegoing life.
June 26, 2015
This is a film which does away with such cretinous inanity as offering up goodies and baddies, instead presenting its cast of characters as doing things which they believe to be good, but are not seen as such through the eyes of observers.
June 26, 2015
"The Third Man" is important not just because of its technique but because of its theme ...
June 25, 2015
Few films more effectively capture the crumbling infrastructure and opportunistic lawlessness of postwar Europe. And none better translate the snaking treachery of Graham Greene's stories and his worlds of cynical expats and casual betrayal.
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 passé.
June 23, 2015
The Third Man is a movie of sobering pleasures.
November 1, 2007
It transformed the way I looked at the world.
January 27, 2007
This is a unique classic.
August 15, 2006
An iconic film noir that's still fresh despite being familiar.
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.
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.'
May 20, 2003
Top credit must go to Mr. Reed for molding all possible elements into a thriller of superconsequence.
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.
January 17, 2002
The Third Man is like the exhausted aftermath of Casablanca.
February 13, 2001
a full-blooded, absorbing story
January 1, 2000
One of the glories of postwar cinema, and quite possibly one of the most sheerly enjoyable movies ever made.
January 1, 2000
However hoked-up and self-regarding, The Third Man ... remains an indelible experience.
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