Odd Man Out
Odd Man Out (1947)

In the aftermath of a botched hold-up, intended to finance the activities of his IRA cell, a wounded Johnny McQueen takes shelter in the back-alleys of Belfast, a shadowy underworld where sanctuary is freighted at every moment with peril.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 23, 1947
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

The movie has a vaunted place in the context of British cinema, and deservedly. Today, what Odd Man Out most suggests is a desperate endgame, the potentials of a long life snuffed out in a moment of impulsiveness.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Carol Reed's first great postwar film.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

I really enjoyed the dark atmospheric cinematography, and a wonderful, large cast. The movie kind of wanders away from itself in the second half, but I mostly enjoyed the places where it rambled.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This may be Reed's most pretentious film, but it also happens to be one of his very best, beautifully capturing the poetry of a city at night.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Odd Man Out is a picture to see, to absorb in the darkness of the theatre and then go home and talk about.

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Armond White
New York Press

This is not director Carol Reed's best film (ranking behind The Third Man,The Stars Look Down, Outcast of the Islands, Night Train to Munich), but it impressively displays Reed's command of image and atmosphere.

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Variety Staff

Carol Reed has made his film with deliberation and care, and has achieved splendid teamwork from every member of the cast. Occasionally too intent on pointing his moral and adorning his tale, he has missed little in its telling.

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Emanuel Levy

Carol Reed's Odd Man Out is one of the best political thrillers ever, with a top notch turn from James Mason.

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Jamie Russell

Reed's take on the material is innovative, letting realism blur into an anaemic, soul-searching delirium. Camera trickery is used to mind-bending effect and Odd Man Out's hallucinatory tone is often astonishing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
After an IRA-sponsored bank heist goes wrong, a seriously wounded man wanders Belfast. I spent most of this film wondering about the title card at the beginning… More
Arash Xak
Wow, Two thumbs up, Another masterpiece by Mr. Reed
Randy Tippy
There's a plethora of morals and conclusions to be drawn from Carol Reed's timeless <i>Odd Man Out</i>. A saga of hope vs. hopelessness… More
Ken Stachnik
One of the great unsung film noir's. Carol Reed's (The Third Man) other great masterpiece stars James Mason as an Irish terrorist on the hiding out… More
jay nixon
Excellent British noir, perhaps a little overlong. James Mason is brilliant in the lead but it is beautifully acted by the entire cast.
Stella Dallas
gritty crime drama from carol reed pre-third man. nice performance by james mason as an ira man on the run after a botched robbery. progress toward… More