The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon (1941)

After two previous film versions of Dashiell Hammett's detective classic The Maltese Falcon, Warner Bros. finally got it right in 1941--or, rather, John Huston, a long-established screenwriter making his directorial debut, got it right,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 15, 2000
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Consensus: Suspenseful, labyrinthine, and brilliantly cast, The Maltese Falcon is one of the most influential noirs -- as well as a showcase for Humphrey Bogart at his finest.

Otis Ferguson
The New Republic

The Maltese Falcon is the first crime melodrama with finish, speed and bang to come along in what seems ages.

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Variety Staff

This is one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form.

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Sarah Boslaugh

...both great in itself and influential in the course of movie history

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TIME Magazine

Frighteningly good evidence that the British (Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, et al.) have no monopoly on the technique of making mystery films.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Who can argue with Bogart's glower or Mary Astor in her ratty fur?

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Fernando F. Croce

John Huston's first whirlpool of seekers and patsies

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James Berardinelli

The Maltese Falcon is among the most important and influential movies to emerge from the Hollywood system -- as significant in some ways as its contemporary, Citizen Kane.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Filmed almost entirely in interiors, it presents a claustrophobic world animated by betrayal, perversion and pain.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

"The stuff that dreams are made of," comments Spade about the elusive black bird of the title, a sentiment easily applied to this indisputable masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It is uneven, and dips in energy mid-way through, however the mystery and well-delivered one-liners make The Maltese Falcon a mostly enjoyable watch.
Chris Weber
John Huston's debut film is the third(!) adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's classic detective novel. Much like Ben-Hur, I had no idea that the classic… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Bogart is perfect and in his best shape as an arrogant detective who tries (along with us) to make heads and tails of an extremely intricate and dizzy affair,… More
Jay Hutchinson
Why don't we get films like this anymore? Why don't we get actors as slick and as savvy as Humphrey Bogart in our day? There's really not much to… More
Greg S
A knockout dame walks into Sam Spade's office with what should be a simple job, but soon stiffs are turning up as an exotic cast of characters shows up,… More
Daniel Perry
I know, I know: it's a classic. Unfortunately, I had trouble staying awake during this one. The scenes are so long and talky - though that's something… More