Ministry of Fear
Ministry of Fear (1944)

An innocent man is drawn into a web of espionage when he unwittingly comes into possession of a crucial piece of microfilm in this shadowy, ominous film noir. Fritz Lang's adaptation of Graham Greene's novel is filled with unusual… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 16, 1944
DVD Release Date: April 14, 1998
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Lang at his finest and purest.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Plant yourself well in a firm seat and keep your over-coat on when you go to see this thriller, for it dumps you and douses you fast.

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Matthew Sorrento
Film International

Adept at using cinema for art and entertainment since his early career, Lang treats this Graham Greene "entertainment" in modest, yet effective fashion.

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Variety Staff

Fritz Lang, a master at getting the most out of mystery, intrigue and melodrama, in his direction apparently didn't have his way from beginning to end on Ministry of Fear.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Fritz Lang turns this into a creepily effective work, full of bravura set pieces and subtle suggestions.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

This is not Lang's best film of the era, or even his most interesting portrait of paranoia and malevolent forces, but it is a lively thriller with unexpected turns.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

This is a wonderfully atmospheric, almost expressionistic thriller, packed with memorable moments.

TV Guide

Uncertainty and fear of the unknown are the hallmarks of this classic film noir by master director Lang, which, until the last revelation, is guaranteed to puzzle and chill the viewer.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The film as a whole doesn't really stick with you, but isolated moments and images do

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
Ministry of Fear is easily one of Fritz Lang's high points of the 1940s. He does a great job capturing WWII London with a dreadful mood. The chase scene in… More
Alec Barniskis
I don't really care that the story is ridiculous, Lang directed the film beautifully (Is there any other director who used contrasting shadow and light so… More