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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The plot turns upon a lost diamond of great price, but mostly the film is a string of lively, unrelated escapades."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"But, golly, that screen play by Jan Lustig and Margaret Fitts is a thoroughly boneless thing -- a hodgepodge of odd and sprawling incidents without dramatic continuity or sense!"
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"It is not an entirely successful picture (though definitely far from dismissible), and Lang can be faulted mainly for his growing need to please himself rather than the public -- an attitude not subscribed to in most of his earlier works."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A thrilling and wholesome adaptation with Granger at his debonair best."
‑ , Film4
"With mood and action the keynote of the John Houseman production, the direction by Fritz Lang plays both hard, developing considerable movement in several rugged action sequences without neglecting suspense."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A suggestive, subjective account of an orphan boy's apprenticeship to a dashing smuggler."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Moonfleet is definitely one of the most visually striking films of Lang's American career, and more satisfying than a number of other more characteristic entries in his filmography."
‑ Adrian Danks, Senses of Cinema
"The film is let down by a script that could never draw out its characters and make its predictable story build to anything more than what's anticipated."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A boy and a rakish smuggler search for a legendary lost diamond in a wonderfully stylised version of 19th century Cornwall."
‑ Steve Jenkins, Time Out
"This is a solid piece of good old-fashioned escapism."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Complex, haunting adventure story."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
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