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  • Summary: Possibly the crowning achievement of silent cinema, Fritz Lang's 1927 blockbuster fuses the frenetic storytelling of twenties pulp fiction with Lang's personal fascination with the darker side of human nature. (Kino International)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. It took the German restorers four years to ready this print using dupe negatives and old prints found in archives around the world. Their work speaks for itself. Each frame of this classic is drop-dead stunning, the more so now that the movie no longer hiccups its way across the screen.
  2. Seeing it is a time-bending experience, a way of visiting the past and glimpsing the past's idea of the future. A masterpiece of art direction, the movie has influenced our vision of the future ever since, with its imposing white monoliths and starched facades.
  3. 100
    It leaves you dazed and sated. Compared to the fast food "eye candy" surrounding it these days, Metropolis is a gourmet 20-course meal.
  4. An awesome cinema spectacle.
  5. You've seen the rest; now see the best.
  6. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    90
    Departing from a masterful manipulation of space, Lang transforms the futuristic city of the title into a field of dreams centered on death and sexuality.
  7. Reviewed by: Dale Thomajan
    80
    What ultimately saves the film from both silliness and ponderousness is not its simplistic social message, not its now-stale theme, nor its disappointing characterizations, but rather the dazzling cinematic (and theatrical) bag of tricks which Lang and company employed to keep things moving.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    10
    It's definitely the best silent film ever crafted, and arguably one of the best movies of all time. Silent films usually try to avoid complexIt's definitely the best silent film ever crafted, and arguably one of the best movies of all time. Silent films usually try to avoid complex plot and multiple storylines because of the limitations of the medium, but Fritz Lang succeeds in connecting all of the loose ends in his monumental vision to produce one of the greatest stories to grace the silver screen. Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2014
    10
    Fritz Lang's Metropolis is a thrilling masterpiece and definitely one of the best Sci-Fi movies ever made.With meaningful moments,good lookingFritz Lang's Metropolis is a thrilling masterpiece and definitely one of the best Sci-Fi movies ever made.With meaningful moments,good looking visuals,good performances and a great delivered message, this movie is epic! Expand
  3. Feb 26, 2013
    10
    Timeless storytelling that transcends generations and countries. You can see many influences from novels of that era. Even if the era is 86Timeless storytelling that transcends generations and countries. You can see many influences from novels of that era. Even if the era is 86 years ago. Many themes are presented with the deadly sins. The building of the pyramids are even touched on. The good and evil shown with the false Maria and true Maria. This movie is worth a watching even if it is for respect for the filmmakers who surely never expected people to be watching this film so many years in the future, and possibly the future they were dreaming of when creating this masterpiece. Expand
  4. Feb 10, 2011
    10
    The single most influential film in history. Modern sci-fi would not even exist if it wasnt for this masterpiece. The worlds look amazing andThe single most influential film in history. Modern sci-fi would not even exist if it wasnt for this masterpiece. The worlds look amazing and completely unique. Camera work and editing is creative and 1 of a kind. Brigitte Helm could have one of the best female performances of all time, her facial expressions as the machine are insane. One of the best films of all time no contest. If you say otherwise your mentally incapable of viewing film. People said this movie is "to formulaic". THATS BECAUSE IT CREATED THE FORMULA! It was 1927 for goodness sake. The first of it's kind. I watched it again now in 2011 and it still creates emotional impact on the viewer. Not only one of the best films of all time, one of the greatest pieces of art of all time. Expand
  5. Mar 7, 2011
    9
    One of the most influential movies ever made,and a must-see.Unfortunately,while the film is visually stunning,it's a bit weak in the storyOne of the most influential movies ever made,and a must-see.Unfortunately,while the film is visually stunning,it's a bit weak in the story department, which keeps me from giving it a 10. Expand
  6. Jul 11, 2014
    9
    It is incredible to imagine someone doing such a movie with little technology and right at the beginning of cinema history. I would have beenIt is incredible to imagine someone doing such a movie with little technology and right at the beginning of cinema history. I would have been deeply amazed if I were to watch it when it premiered. This movie makes me even more incredulous to watch most of the crap which has been released in the past decade, shameful. The only aspect that makes me don't want to give it a 10 is the usage of some silly archetypes, such as the malefic villain or the ultra-naive main character. This is the same case when it comes to literature, characters in real life are much more likely to be dialectic than dichotomic. Expand
  7. Sep 20, 2013
    3
    Interesting movie, and I can see why it gained high praise for it's time... But the 1980s soundtrack RUINED the movie! The Music is completelyInteresting movie, and I can see why it gained high praise for it's time... But the 1980s soundtrack RUINED the movie! The Music is completely out of place and has no actually connection of mood or ANYTHING to any part of the movie. This movie would be MUCH better if it had an orchestral soundtrack. Very random in terms of scene switching, too fast paced. Expand

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