The Lady From Shanghai
The Lady From Shanghai (1948)

After watching a rough cut of Orson Welles' The Lady From Shanghai, Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn looked furtively around the projection room, and in an anguished voice begged "Somebody please tell me what this is about!"… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 9, 1948
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Energetic and inventive, The Lady from Shanghai overcomes its script deficiencies with some of Orson Welles' brilliantly conceived set pieces.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A magnificent mess of switchbacks and revelations, climaxing with one of cinema's most outrageously inventive sequences.

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Calum Marsh
Village Voice

For all the violations it suffered, The Lady From Shanghai seems strangely coherent in its extant form -- or rather, coherently incoherent, and in a way that seems quite deliberate.

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Eithne Farry
Electric Sheep

The storyline is almost incidental to the disorientating inventiveness of The Lady from Shanghai.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

The climax, a shootout in a funhouse hall of mirrors, is one of the bravura sequences in all film, a triumph of hey-look-at-me form over just-the-facts content.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Welles and Hayworth were married at the time; he gives her closeups of unmatched rapture even while allegorizing his own fate as a free spirit caught in the trap of Hollywood's delusional pleasure dome.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)

The film is as tangled and ingenious as any of Welles's conjuring tricks. The shoot-out in the hall of mirrors is the most famous sequence, but there are other moments just as memorable.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Be warned: This is a film that collects obsessives.

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William Brogdon

Script is wordy and full of holes which need the plug of taut story telling and more forthright action.

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Peter Bradshaw

It has an irresistible energy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
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Welles can do no wrong!
Chris Weber
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Aj V
A good movie about a guy who gets involved with another man's wife, and finds out the husband wants him to be part of some crazy scheme. See it for… More
Bruce Bruce
.This is an excellent Orson Wells film with a beautiful Rita Hayworth, actress of the by gone era will never be matched by the female movie starts of today.… More
Randy Tippy
<i>Citizen Kane</i> may have been Orson Welles' biggest blessing but it was also his biggest curse. Having such a masterpiece as your very… More