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  • Summary: 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 into the exotic landscapes of her imagination.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 into the exotic landscapes of her imagination. Making sure he keeps the girl interested in the story, he interweaves her family and people she likes from the hospital into his tale. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
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  1. 100
    A movie that you might want to see for no other reason than because it exists. There will never be another like it.
  2. A deliciously vivid adventure fantasy.
  3. Dazzling and delirious, The Fall is a celebration of cinema, of old-fashioned storytelling and globe-hopping spectacle.
  4. Some of the set pieces are ravishing, more often they're ravishingly clunky.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    60
    If the human details are often problematic, the IMAX-grade bombast, ceremonial camera, and Jodorowsky-esque eclecticism still combine for a singular spectacle.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    50
    Tarsem and his screenwriting collaborators aren't able to come up with enough interesting justifications for their sudden shifts, and soon the shape-shifting yarn just feels like lazy storytelling.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    40
    There is never a sense that The Fall exists for any reason besides simply being something nice to look at. Yet no matter how good-looking a film may be, if it's as sleep-inducing as this, there's simply no point.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 47
  2. Negative: 6 out of 47
  1. May 24, 2012
    10
    After analysing this film and seeing it for a second time I have seen the masterpiece that is the fall. From the foreshadowing and great useAfter analysing this film and seeing it for a second time I have seen the masterpiece that is the fall. From the foreshadowing and great use of symmetry in the opening scene to the beautiful images of tarsem's sets. Not only is this film great in an artistic way but dramatically it delivers a surprising punch for an art film that's main focus is it's visuals. I strongly recommend everyone to see this film although it is not for everyone. Expand
  2. EllenC.
    Jun 7, 2008
    10
    Visually stunning, wonderful performances by Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru as the little girl, and at times a heart-pounding narrative made Visually stunning, wonderful performances by Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru as the little girl, and at times a heart-pounding narrative made this an unforgettable movie experience. After seeing it, I subsequently dreamt all night-images that were enveloped in brilliant colors and dramatic movement-impressions that were as surreal as the film itself. This must be seen on a large screen; I can't imagine it diminished on a small one. Expand
  3. BenE.
    Oct 24, 2008
    10
    The moive was wonderful to watch. It has so many plots lines and graphics it's an amazing watch.
  4. Karamashi
    Sep 13, 2008
    9
    A fantastic film! I loved it up till the dissatisfying ending but one of the best movies of the year. Astounding and Magnificent.
  5. Dec 26, 2011
    9
    the acting is so-so, the writing is not that great (some of the dialog is kind of ridiculous), and the plot is bizarre/somewhat uninteresting.the acting is so-so, the writing is not that great (some of the dialog is kind of ridiculous), and the plot is bizarre/somewhat uninteresting. but it the technical aspects of the movie are PHENOMENAL, i've only seen a handful of movies that are so stunning. the costume and set design (if that is the right term) are great, and the visuals are beautiful. watch this movie for no other reasons than because there is no other movie like it. Expand
  6. CharlesM
    Jan 12, 2009
    8
    Superb visuals. Both the real world as well as the fantasy settings are exotic. Intimate though somewhat disjointed story. Great acting. I Superb visuals. Both the real world as well as the fantasy settings are exotic. Intimate though somewhat disjointed story. Great acting. I actually felt the fact that I could understand only half of what the little girl said added to the exotic flavor of the movie. Expand
  7. syzygy
    May 11, 2008
    0
    Pretentious, artsy nonsense;.vacuous and incompetent. The director has a story to work, but little of that is apparent in the script, and Pretentious, artsy nonsense;.vacuous and incompetent. The director has a story to work, but little of that is apparent in the script, and worse yet is he doesn't know how to render a dramatic scene. His actors try minimalist expressions to little effect. They try to cry but end up whining. He shooting angles are ridiculously wide and distant because he thinks the inanimate matter will speak where his actors fail to. He can thank his travel agent cum cinematographer for the postcard views. Expand

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