Ministry of Fear
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An innocent man is drawn into a web of espionage when he unwittingly comes into possession of a crucial piece of microfilm in this shadowy, ominous film noir. Fritz Lang's adaptation of Graham Greene's novel is filled with unusual touches, beginning with the fact that protagonist Stephen Neale (Ray Milland) has just been released from a mental asylum. To celebrate his return to the real world, he visits a local carnival, only to accidentally receive a "prize" meant for a Nazi agent. When he discovers the error, he turns for help to a detective, whose investigations only make… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"Really good Fritz Lang noir that's never gotten its due"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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
"Has an exciting plot and is properly atmospheric despite its cheap studio sets."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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
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