The Fallen Idol
The Fallen Idol (1949)

Adapted from the Graham Greene story The Basement Room, director Carol Reed's The Fallen Idol is told almost completely from a child's eye view-but it isn't a children's story. Young Bobby Henrey idolizes household butler… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 7, 2006
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Masterful 1948 suspense thriller.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An indelible portrait of childhood's confusions, disillusionments and inevitable lost innocence.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... one of the great films of innocence lost and a powerful portrait of the powerlessness of children in the adult world, where they are so often ignored or discounted.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

As a portrait of the sometime destructiveness of innocence and as a sharp fresco of post-war Britain, this movie is a little masterpiece, an idol that has never fallen.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Remains one of those classics that makes you thankful you haven't seen them all.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a gripping mystery story involving adult secrets, childhood lies and betrayal as part of the human equation.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

It's a masterful and unsentimental child's-eye view of the cold, hard adult world.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A Hitchcockian thriller with human conundrums to go with the suspense.

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Christopher Null

separates itself from what would otherwise be a rather rote drama/thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
Lies, sometimes, are an act of kindness. Many times I hasten to add. The imagination of a lonely child is ignited by a meek man in love. The man, as played by… More
John Ballantine
Nicely executed by Richardson and the rest of the cast. One of the best of the British thrillers.
Aj V
Literally about a boy who idolizes someone and finds out their not all that they thought they were. An okay movie, but not very exciting.
Sarah Burton
You always know when you are about to watch a Carol Reed film, you're in for something special. However this hidden gem is truly special. It's quiet,… More
Tim Sigur
With more suspense and twists than half the "thrillers" out there today. Bobby Henrey would eat HJO for breakfast.
Simeon Deutsch
I got this one out of curiosity because I'm a huge fan of Carol Reed's other noir masterpiece The Third Man and I've heard that this one is in… More