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1931
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
1h 39m
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Rated 25 Jan 2011
100
85th
3 Shaqtaculars
Rated 14 Mar 2007
85
71st
Peter Lorre is great as a serial killer of children. After Berlin's criminal underground takes his pursuit in hand, we actually feel pity for him, a lesson Alfred Hitchcock appreciated.
Rated 25 Aug 2008
95
94th
Yes, this is a brilliant film. Truthfully, it did have some dull moments--"stalls"--so no, it's not perfect, along with some shaky camera dollies (understandable, back then, but the lighting is fantastic). However, the acting is just terrific. The themes and allegories to real life are very moving and disturbing, as is the trial scene, which says volumes about society...a scene I will remember forever, one of the few great moments in cinema history.
Rated 02 Oct 2023
85
64th
Some classic discussions about the role of the juridical system, the danger of collective resentment and necessary constraint of the wish for revenge, and seemingly implying the terror of fascism.
Rated 13 Dec 2021
100
0th
So much ahead of its time, a quintessential masterpiece.
Rated 07 Aug 2012
92
68th
Perhaps the first great serial-killer film. Over 80 years old, many of its themes still exist. A meditation on civil liberty, vigilante justice, paranoia, inept policing, insanity as a legal defense. Decades ahead of its time.
Rated 01 Jul 2009
77
70th
A great old film that does indeed stand the test of time.
Rated 26 Sep 2021
80
89th
For a film to really work as a procedural drama then the filmmaker must be brave enough and disciplined enough to primarily utilise human characters as a surface on which to project 'big' issues/questions to do with justice, morals, ethics etc. as well as the minutiae of the law and order process. Lang is clearly that filmmaker - as he resists the temptation to give characters depth, which is reserved for material artefacts - and 'M' is clearly that film; a film that is all about process.
Rated 15 May 2008
97
85th
Still suspenseful to this day. Impressive in every area: acting, directing cinematography, and writing.
Rated 21 Nov 2011
96
98th
Near-perfect, classic, and holds up shockingly well today.
Rated 12 Mar 2024
100
94th
So many good things here. Lohmann's crotch shot, court proceedings in the criminal world, the sound and the silence, the smoking, the data systems and those eyes!
Rated 05 Sep 2008
95
54th
Very good for an early film in in film history.
Rated 22 Aug 2008
75
60th
a great film of a great german director : Fritz Lang.
Rated 01 Apr 2013
90
90th
Astoundingly modern feeling crime film. Fritz Lang and Fritz Argo Wagner put together a technical masterpiece that feels like it was made decades after it was released. M is a ridiculously watchable, moving piece of work with great performances from Peter Lorre and Gustaf Gründgens.
Rated 16 Jul 2011
95
70th
Fantastic.
Rated 24 Apr 2014
91
88th
Great film, full of striking imagery and eerie silences.
Rated 29 Jan 2009
100
98th
I've never seen a movie so far ahead of its time as M.
Rated 08 May 2009
91
88th
Difficult to believe this was the same year as Dracula and Frankenstein: it feels so much more sophisticated and modern. There are a few slow spots but with enough small events to keep it interesting.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
75
0th
This movie, one of if not the first speaking movies in the german film-noir, uses sound with parcimony but at great effects. None can forget the haunting tune (in the hall of the mountain king) whistled by Hans Beckert (peter lorre) when he finds a young victim for his depraved crimes. Lorre, who plays a troubled child murderer, plays his character in a way that he induces more sympathy than the victims themselves. The man's passionate speech when he is brought before the infuriated jury is a b
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
92nd
Masterwork about crime and punishment.
Rated 21 Apr 2023
60
41st
It's good but I think it lacks something to truly make it great. Unpopular opinion the monologue at the ending was kinda boring and I wanted the murderer to get what he deserved.
Rated 17 Jul 2021
64
8th
Revolutionary, aesthetically pleasing, the eerie silence that happens between shots and scenes is outstanding. Peter Lorre's performance is haunting, his final monologue is disturbingly intriguing. But, I feel that this is so glacial and in a way bloated. There is barely a sense of urgency present here, so much time is spent yapping over a desk that you wonder "Isn't the killer out there somewhere?"
Rated 29 Jan 2012
50
2nd
This film is like old and long and German. The first half was especially old, long and German.
Rated 26 Jun 2015
90
82nd
Excellent movie about guilt.
Rated 22 Feb 2010
93
68th
Honestly, how can you not like a movie about a schizo-pedo-murderer starring Peter Lorre?
Rated 04 Feb 2012
96
94th
The first Lang-film I watched (on a horrible print) about 5-6 years ago, and still my favorite. Peter Lorey's breakthrough as an actor - and what an amazing performance. Very typical German pre-WWII cinematography style which director immigrants in the 40ies' Hollywood such as Fritz Lang and Billy Wilder kept refining when they (helped) create the applauded Film-Noir genre. Bleek and sinister just like the films' plots and their main characters: no heroes - just morally flawed anti-heroes.

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