100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Part fairy tale and part bogeyman thriller -- a juicy allegory of evil, greed and innocence, told with an eerie visual poetry.
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100

Time Out London

By Tom Huddleston
It’s the most haunted and dreamlike of all American films, a gothic backwoods ramble with the Devil at its heels.
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100

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
An enduring masterpiece--dark, deep, beautiful, aglow.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This is the only film Laughton ever directed, and he packed it with a mixture of eerie chills, ingenious suspense, and absurdist humor. It's a genuine classic.
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100

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Laughton understood Agee's proximity to Grimm vaudeville, and fashioned the most intensely expressionistic movie of its day.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the greatest of all American films, but has never received the attention it deserves because of its lack of the proper trappings. Many "great movies'' are by great directors, but Laughton directed only this one film, which was a critical and commercial failure long overshadowed by his acting career.
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100

Empire

By Adam Smith
Ignored for a long time, this film is now impossible to ignore. Mitchum is magnetic.
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60

Variety

This start for Gregory as producer and Laughton as director is rich in promise but the completed product, bewitching at times, loses sustained drive via too many offbeat touches that have a misty effect.
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99 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.