Odd Man Out
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Carol Reed's taut character study (disguised as a suspense melodrama) was adapted from the novel by F.L. Green and stars James Mason in his star-making role as I.R.A. operative Johnny McQueen. Breaking out of jail, Johnny takes it on the lam, but idealism forces him out of hiding in order to raise money for the I.R.A. cause he believes in so strongly. He decides to rob a bank, but the hold-up goes bad and Johnny is seriously wounded by the police. Staggering through the streets of Belfast, Johnny meets a succession of people who either want to help him or turn him over to the authorities.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Carol Reed's first great postwar film."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"a rich noir treat - and Mason has the acting chops to make even a rapidly fading, near mute half-corpse compelling to watch."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Well-directed melodrama. Doesn't work on a 'tension' level, but is worth a watch."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Odd Man Out is a picture to see, to absorb in the darkness of the theatre and then go home and talk about."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
"Fascinating but imperfect."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"It's amongst British cinema's finest crime dramas."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Carol Reed's Odd Man Out is one of the best political thrillers ever, with a top notch turn from James Mason."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC
"Suspense gives way to metaphor in a stark thriller that hints at the work to come from master Carol Reed."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"This is Carol Reed's breakthrough film as a director..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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