The Stranger
The Stranger (1946)

The Stranger is often considered Orson Welles' most "traditional" Hollywood-style directorial effort. Welles plays a college professor named Charles Rankin, who lives in a pastoral Connecticut town with his lovely wife Mary… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG
Running Time:
Release Date: January 1, 1946
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2000
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Adroitly directed by Orson Welles, who also plays the star, it is a grade A gooseflesh-raiser.

Full review…
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The whole film, produced by S. P. Eagle, comes off a bloodless, manufactured show.

Full review…
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Welles might not have had control in the editing room, but he indulged his penchant for long takes with the able assistance of ace cinematographer Russell Metty,

Full review…
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Orson Welles's 1946 film reproduces his personal themes of self-scrutiny and self-destruction only in outline, though it is an inventive, highly enjoyable thriller.

Full review…
Derek Adams
Time Out

Welles' third film, often described as his worst, but still a hugely enjoyable thriller.

Full review…
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Welles is so technically proficient that even his second-tier works are well worth seeking out, and The Stranger belongs to this category.

Full review…

The Stranger is socko melodrama, spinning an intriguing web of thrills and chills.

Full review…
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Film noir thriller, made with typical Welles creativity and visual style.

Full review…
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Excellent post-war thriller, via Orson Welles.

More reviews for The Stranger

Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A minor entry in the legendary career of Orson Welles, concerning a Nazi supporter (Welles) hiding out in Connecticut in the wake of the fall of the German… More
jay nixon
Wonderfully atmospheric noir with three stars at the top of their game and sensational direction.
Jonathan Hutchings
Welles is so technically proficient that even his second-tier works are a clinic in form, camera blocking, and mise-en-scene. Like Bergman, he isn't afraid… More
Ken Stachnik
The camera and technique are really the stars in the early film by Welles.
Aj V
The Stranger or I Married a Nazi (just kidding). A small town is unaware that one of their citizens was a Nazi in WWII, and he lives a normal life until… More
Michael Gildea
Really great post war thriller/film noir.