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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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"Occasionally it strikes one that [Lang] wanted to include too much and then that all one anticipates does not appear. But at the same time the various ideas have been spliced together quite adroitly."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"I have just had a sensational night at the movies, and the picture was only 83 years old."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Although it ends with an overwrought climax, topped off with a laughably banal cliché that unites the workers with their greedy overlord, "Metropolis" is filled with stunning archetypal imagery and grand-scale spectacle."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Brigitte Helm is absolutely brilliant in a tricky dual role. The real star, though, is Lang's incredibly fecund imagination and his glorious realisation of the futuristic Babel he dreamt up in his head."
‑ Paul Whittington, Irish Independent
"A visionary science-fiction spectacle; a still relevant dramatization of 'class warfare'; a pulp nightmare of Freudian-Marxist-Christian symbolism and Expressionist-Futurist-Old Testament imagery; and a source of inspiration for Nazis and Utopians alike."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Each frame of this classic is drop-dead stunning."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"A fully realized work of art whose influence on science fiction, set design and symbolism can scarcely be put into words."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Metropolis remains the benchmark of agenda-driven extravaganzas, stirring and fun in the right spots."
‑ Matt Prigge, Philadelphia Weekly
"Here is the starting-point of so much modern cinema."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Here for the first time the chill mechanized world of the future... has been given reality. Here is the city, that tormented circus of buildings which touch the sky, of tunnels that disrupt the places under the earth."
‑ Evelyn Gerstein , The Nation
"One of the last examples of the imaginative -- but often monstrous -- grandeur of the Golden Period of the German film, Metropolis is a spectacular example of Expressionist design."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"Too bad that so much really artistic work was wasted on this manufactured story."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Is Fritz Lang's 1927 epic Metropolis the most influential film ever? It certainly spawned the cinema of futurism, and watching it today. it's uncanny to see how many shadows of cinema yet to come it already contains."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Independent
"Lang is at fever pitch. Although the film is renowned for its architecture -- and thus has a reputation for being static -- what makes it seductive is how much organic energy Lang and his collaborators put into the imagery."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"A perfect gateway drug for old movies."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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