The Fallen Idol Synopsis
An ambassador's son (Bobby Henrey) implicates a butler (Ralph Richardson) in murder.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
Cinema does not get much better than this.
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100

L.A. Weekly

By John Patterson
One of the great movies about childhood innocence accidentally violated by adults...Reed, an often inconsistent filmmaker, handles the...
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100

Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
This is an example of a writer and director working in perfect harness, with Reed smoothly ratcheting up the story's suspense and Greene...
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Of all the movies that try to take us into the mind and viewpoint of a child, Carol Reed's 1948 The Fallen Idol, adapted by Graham Greene...
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91

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
The result is a gripping film which, despite the annoying rugrat, demonstrates how part of leaving childhood behind is learning how and...
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91

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
A masterpiece of psychological suspense.
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90

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
This is a fine example of British commercial filmmaking at its highest level of craftsmanship.
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90

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
The Fallen Idol has been overshadowed by the noir comedy, giddy style, and Cold War thematics of Reed and Greene's subsequent sensation "The...
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Formally, the movie's a lasting pleasure: Reed's incisive direction; Greene's easy yet weighted dialogue; the farseeing deep-focus...
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80

Empire

By David Parkinson
It might be lesser known, but certainly not deservingly so. This is a cracking piece of Brit cinema.
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