M
M (1931)

Fritz Lang's classic early talkie crime melodrama is set in 1931 Berlin. The police are anxious to capture an elusive child murderer (Peter Lorre), and they begin rounding up every criminal in town. The underworld leaders decide to take… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 20, 1998
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A landmark psychological thriller with arresting images, deep thoughts on modern society, and Peter Lorre in his finest performance.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Few films are gripping and effective 82 years after their original release, but this one surely is.

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Variety Staff
Variety

An extraordinary, good, impressive and strong talker. Again fine work by Fritz Lang, and his wife and helper, Thea von Harbou.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Lang's razor-sharp dissection of crime and punishment never puts a foot wrong.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

This is a movie that dares to sympathize with a sick person, that risks making the monster real and us (in an era when Germany's cinema was still shellacked in canted angles and fanciful shadows).

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A subversive film, or more simply a movie brimming over with the ferment of Lang's imagination at its height? You choose.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

It is a cousin to the early Hitchcock of The Lodger, and I have always found something even something faintly Ealingesque about its cynicism and satire.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The moral issues are complex and deftly handled: Lorre is at once entirely innocent and absolutely evil. Lang's detached, modified expressionist style gives the action a plastic beauty.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

[An] important film which rightly deserves its success.

David Jenkins
Little White Lies

You'll never look at a novelty balloon in the same way again.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Fritz Lang crafts a stunning work of dramatic thrills with his 1931 film M. This being his first talkie after years of making silent films, Lang's… More
Dan Schultz
A masterful exercise in suspense from the decorated Fritz Lang, concerning a child murderer (Peter Lorre) and how his killing spree angers not only the families… More
Melvin White
Hans Beckert: What do you know about it? Who are you anyway? Who are you? Criminals? Are you proud of yourselves? Proud of breaking safes or cheating at cards?… More
paul oh
Awesome???? This film is not only impressive for a 30's film but still gripping today. Loved the dark ending and Lorre's acting!
Kristijonas Fussman
A meticulously crafted German crime-drama. Peter Lorre's performance is haunting and inspired, and only complements the sharp screenplay, complex story arc… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
It's a movie you will watch mostly for it's historical importance, it's cinematic techniques, and for Lorre's performance. Too many scenes… More