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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. 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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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. 91
    It's the most glorious, wonderful mess put onscreen since Terry Gilliam's "Brazil."
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    The Fall is a movie whose every frame pulsates with the desire to be a transportive, transcendent work of cinema. And each one of said frames is full of visual bedazzlement and wonder. So full that one is loathe to sum up with the phrase "Close, but no cigar." But there is something, finally, kind of pushy about the film's desire to be a masterpiece.
  4. Some of the set pieces are ravishing, more often they're ravishingly clunky.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    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
    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. 40
    A genuine labor of love -- and a real bore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
  1. May 24, 2012
    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 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. Feb 11, 2012
    I can understand why people don't like this film but I really want to give it a score of ten out of ten. However, what would I do if, at some time in the future, another film comes along that I like even more than this one? I wouldn't be able to give that film a higher score. So, for the stupefying beauty of the film, for the wonderful acting of the film, for the attention absorbing plot/s (some was a bit obvious but I think it was intentional), the arousing costumes and the gentle direction I give it full marks - ten out of ten. But I'm taking a little off the top for ... um ... oh ... OK it gets ten. Expand
  3. Dec 26, 2011
    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
  4. Jun 2, 2013
    A beautiful film! This brilliant, captivating, epic adventure took 4 years to film and used locations in over 20 countries including India, South Africa,'s a brilliant film that everyone should experience because there will never be another one like it. Stunning visuals, fantastic cinematography, and a flawless lead performance from Lee Pace make The Fall one of the most fantastical adventure films of the 2000s and one of the best films dealing with suicide. Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2013
    A magical and visual masterpiece. Make sure you watch it in 1080p, it's just beautiful. Great acting and directing. The design and creativity of this movie is something else. But be warned, it's not for everyone 9/10 Expand
  6. Oct 1, 2013
    Tarsem weaves surrealist motifs into this Gilliamesque fantasy that will appear to the more visual-minded viewer (guess who saw Baraka?) They don't make them like this very often, and they may never again. Expand

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