The Fall
The Fall (2006)

Los Angeles, circa 1920s, a little immigrant girl finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall. She strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 9, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: More visually elaborate than the fragmented story can sometimes support, The Fall walks the line between labor of love and filmmaker self-indulgence.

Mark Bourne

...a movie that not only expected me to pay attention, it assumed that I could.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Pace and Untaru generate an unforced chemistry that makes them pleasant company for a couple of hours, but they almost work against the movie's need to establish narrative tension. They appear to be having such a good time that Roy's self-destructive impu

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

So what if the front story is a little contrived?

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader

The girl and the hospital patients and staff also turn up in his improvised adventure, extravagantly garbed by costume designer Eiko Ishioka.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

An achingly beautiful movie and a triumph of location scouting, with more cosmopolitan spectacle than the past three Indiana Jones and James Bond movies combined.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Often praised -- and rightly so -- for its incredible visuals and nonstop stylishness. I have no problem with that, except that I'm equally taken by its thematic implications.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The pacing drags and the clichéd tussle between childhood innocence and adult disillusionment can only go one way. Better to experience it than think about it, fair to say.

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James Berardinelli

Sometimes, looking good isn't enough.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

I wonder if it's unforgivable heresy to say The Cell is badly underestimated and due for revisionism while The Fall, despite its relative obscurity, is badly overestimated.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Aesthetically stunning, with a wonderful cinematography and production design, this is a highly imaginative and ambitious (yet also certainly self-indulgent)… More
paul oh
The story is so large but never covers any true depth. The scenery is beautiful but in the end goes to waste with such a mediocre plot.
Eliza Norton
A multicultural ,surrealistic ,epic story about an adventure where darkness, betrayal and love take place. But that's not the main story ,no, that's… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
The Fall is the graphic representation of the vivid imagination of a little girl (Catinca Untaru), inspired by the tales told by a Hollywood stuntman who dreams… More
Randy Tippy
Colorful and strange. The channeled improvisation between child actress Catinca Untaru and Lee Pace is fantastic, adding a dimension of believability and… More
Jim Hunter
A paralyzed hospital patient befriends a young Romanian girl while telling her an improvised adventure story. Catinca Untaru, who plays Alexandria, is about the… More