Odd Man Out
Odd Man Out (1947)

In the aftermath of a botched hold-up, intended to finance the activities of his IRA cell, a wounded Johnny McQueen takes shelter in the back-alleys of Belfast, a shadowy underworld where sanctuary is freighted at every moment with peril.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 23, 1947
DVD Release Date: April 13, 2015
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Odd Man Out is a picture to see, to absorb in the darkness of the theatre and then go home and talk about.

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Fernando F. Croce

Shadow and rain and snow blur in glistening corrosion for a very long Irish night

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Variety Staff

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.

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Graham Fuller

Making an IRA leader sympathetic must have been risky in Britain in 1947

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

haunting and remarkable and utterly uncompromised

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Carol Reed's first great postwar film.

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

This film puts Reed high in the first rank of directors. It is not a great tragedy of deep-searching characterisation but it is a compelling drama of the chase, geared to an unlagging tempo.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It was the rat-tat-tat releases of 1947's Odd Man Out (good), 1948's The Fallen Idol (better) and 1949's The Third Man (best) that marked Carol Reed as a world-class filmmaker.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
After an IRA-sponsored bank heist goes wrong, a seriously wounded man wanders Belfast. I spent most of this film wondering about the title card at the beginning… More
Arash Xak
Wow, Two thumbs up, Another masterpiece by Mr. Reed
Randy Tippy
There's a plethora of morals and conclusions to be drawn from Carol Reed's timeless <i>Odd Man Out</i>. A saga of hope vs. hopelessness… More
Ken Stachnik
One of the great unsung film noir's. Carol Reed's (The Third Man) other great masterpiece stars James Mason as an Irish terrorist on the hiding out… More
jay nixon
Excellent British noir, perhaps a little overlong. James Mason is brilliant in the lead but it is beautifully acted by the entire cast.
Stella Dallas
gritty crime drama from carol reed pre-third man. nice performance by james mason as an ira man on the run after a botched robbery. progress toward… More