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Directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear), Fallen is a blend of the police drama and supernatural thriller genres. Homicide detective John Hobbes (Denzel Washington) narrates, taking the audience back to "the time I almost died." This sets a flashback in motion, beginning at the prison cell of serial killer Edgar Reese (Elias Koteas), who grabs Hobbes' hand and sings the Rolling Stones' "Time Is on My Side." After Reese is executed, Hobbes and his partner, Jonesy (John Goodman), find a seeming copycat killer, committing murders in a manner not unlike Reese. Hobbes is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Denzel Washington has the almost impossible task of holding together a convoluted picture that's only intermittently suspenseful and not very engaging emotionally or intellectually."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"A stylish if seriously far-fetched nightmare."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"...an erratic yet rewarding thriller..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"All style and no substance."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Maybe the devil made the filmmakers do it. Although the acting and production values are good, don't be tempted to see this tedious film. It only reinforces society's fears that evil is everywhere -- and no one can do anything about it."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"The first half of this movie holds some promise, but time is not on its side."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"A crafty piece of work, ending with a pair of marvelous twists."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"Director Gregory Hoblit consistently opts for an atmosphere of gloomy malaise rather than going for the cheap shocks."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Must-see for fans of satanic creepiness, The Rolling Stones, and sly tabby cats."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
"Despite a lackluster performance by Washington and a long dead spot in the middle, it does not fail to thrill and chill, and if that is your cup of tea, it comes highly recommended."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"God (or the Devil) is in the detail: every time a fluid is taken into the body, the fidgety camera zooms in, fascinated, suspicious."
‑ , Time Out
"A human trifle that can be safely ignored in this eschatological genre."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A high-concept mating of the police thriller and the supernatural, Gregory Hoblit's movie (sophomore jinx?) will disappoint afficionados of both genres."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An effective genre film that leaves an unmistakably good impression, which is something most of Hollywood's supernatural thrillers usually fail to do."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A masterful supernatural thriller, using simple techniques to remarkable effect."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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