Metropolis (1927)

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 13, 1927
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A visually awe-inspiring science fiction classic from the silent era.

Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

Occasionally it strikes one that [Lang] wanted to include too much and then that all one anticipates does not appear. But at the same time the various ideas have been spliced together quite adroitly.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

I have just had a sensational night at the movies, and the picture was only 83 years old.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

. . . the film is still something to behold, even if the newly restored footage occasionally looks like someone ran over it with a brillo pad.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Each frame of this classic is drop-dead stunning.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A fully realized work of art whose influence on science fiction, set design and symbolism can scarcely be put into words.

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Fernando F. Croce

Lang's allegory of allegories posits humanity's progress as a collision not just of labor and management but of technology and sorcery

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

One of the last examples of the imaginative -- but often monstrous -- grandeur of the Golden Period of the German film, Metropolis is a spectacular example of Expressionist design.

Variety Staff

Too bad that so much really artistic work was wasted on this manufactured story.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Although it ends with an overwrought climax, topped off with a laughably banal cliché that unites the workers with their greedy overlord, "Metropolis" is filled with stunning archetypal imagery and grand-scale spectacle.

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Adriel Lim
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Phil Hubbs
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Daniel Mumby
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Jim Hunter
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A.D. Villarreal
First in my defense let me say that I am a fan of silent films; I am a fan of horror and sci-fi; I'm even a fan of Georgio Moroder but I am not a fan of… More