Ministry of Fear
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lang at his finest and purest."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Plant yourself well in a firm seat and keep your over-coat on when you go to see this thriller, for it dumps you and douses you fast."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Adept at using cinema for art and entertainment since his early career, Lang treats this Graham Greene "entertainment" in modest, yet effective fashion."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film International
"It's not top-shelf Fritz Lang, nor is it top-level Graham Greene, but as an exercise in World War II intrigue with a smidgen of film noir thrown in, Ministry of Fear gets the job done."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"On paper Lang was the ideal Greene director, but he's let down a mite by a screenplay which fails to do justice to the writer's favourite entertainment."
‑ , Film4
"Fritz Lang, a master at getting the most out of mystery, intrigue and melodrama, in his direction apparently didn't have his way from beginning to end on Ministry of Fear."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Fritz Lang turns this into a creepily effective work, full of bravura set pieces and subtle suggestions."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"This is not Lang's best film of the era, or even his most interesting portrait of paranoia and malevolent forces, but it is a lively thriller with unexpected turns."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"It's certainly fitting that after filling his German years with ballsy, predictive masterpieces about Nazi rule-by-fear, Fritz Lang would finally make a film that directly involves Nazis."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Really good Fritz Lang noir that's never gotten its due"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This is a wonderfully atmospheric, almost expressionistic thriller, packed with memorable moments."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Uncertainty and fear of the unknown are the hallmarks of this classic film noir by master director Lang, which, until the last revelation, is guaranteed to puzzle and chill the viewer."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film as a whole doesn't really stick with you, but isolated moments and images do"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Visually brilliant masterpiece."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Has an exciting plot and is properly atmospheric despite its cheap studio sets."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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