Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. 100
    A movie that you might want to see for no other reason than because it exists. There will never be another like it.
  3. Dazzling and delirious, The Fall is a celebration of cinema, of old-fashioned storytelling and globe-hopping spectacle.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    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.
  5. It's an achingly beautiful movie and a triumph of location scouting, with more cosmopolitan spectacle than the past three Indiana Jones and James Bond movies combined.
  6. 75
    Although the film revolves around a child, it's not a children's movie: A cruel and bitter undertone runs through the fanciful adventures, and Walker's depression is no mere plot contrivance to be cured by Alexandria's childish enthusiasm.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    The Fall is aptly named not only because it pertains to a tragic descent but because viewers will feel as if they have plunged headlong into an alternate universe with this dazzling adult fairy tale.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    The Fall is what you'd get if you told a fiendishly gifted graphic illustrator the plot of "The Princess Bride" and sent him off to come up with his own version.
  9. It has a rich premise and no lack of amazements. What it lacks in any sort of dramatic shape.
  10. 50
    It's the kind of movie for which the phrase ''you've never seen anything like it before'' was invented. The question is whether anyone would want to.
  11. 50
    It's basically a Middle Eastern version of "The Princess Bride" with an assisted-suicide subplot.
  12. 50
    Pretty pictures - thats what The Fall has to offer.
  13. 78
    The Fall lives and dies on the strength of Pace and Untaru's remarkable performances. It's there that the pulsing heart of this magical-real film beats most true.
  14. A deliciously vivid adventure fantasy.
  15. 58
    There's no doubt that Tarsem's a visionary director. Now he needs to envision a worthwhile script for himself.
  16. 80
    The Fall is often an affectionate caricature itself, but one of astonishing beauty, featuring two heartfelt performances from Untaru and the tender, often mordantly funny Pace. They're perfect foils for Tarsem's gorgeous tone poem to cinema as a medium of magic and miracles, stories and lies.
  17. 70
    Director Tarsem (The Cell) reworks the 1981 Bulgarian film "Yo Ho Ho" for this stylish fantasy.
  18. 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.
  19. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    This convoluted, arbitrary, overlong whimsy will strike most grown-ups as childish, and is far too violent and pretentious for kids.
  20. 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.
  21. 40
    A genuine labor of love -- and a real bore.
  22. 91
    It's the most glorious, wonderful mess put onscreen since Terry Gilliam's "Brazil."
  23. Some of the set pieces are ravishing, more often they're ravishingly clunky.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 110 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 47
  2. Negative: 6 out of 47
  1. Feb 14, 2015
    7
    The Fall is by no means, a brilliant movie. But it is a brilliant creation. I have never been that fond of Tarsem's work, like The Cell, whichThe Fall is by no means, a brilliant movie. But it is a brilliant creation. I have never been that fond of Tarsem's work, like The Cell, which was okay but the standout was the awesome Immortals. The Fall is a beautiful looking film, it surpasses all technical aspects and creates a living breathing world inside. Lee Pace is good in the lead, but I have seen better from him. You see, The Fall is low on violence and is more about the immersion of the viewer. The story is convoluted and hollow at times, with kiddish dialogues and screenplay that is all over the place. But this is a different movie, one that has the ultimate power to entertain the viewer and at the same time dazzle them. With a few flaws aside, The Fall is a great movie, that should be one to see, just watch it. Don't even complain. Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2014
    3
    This movie was very boring, it was hard for me to keep up because it didn't catch my interest at all. The plot is very simple and easy toThis movie was very boring, it was hard for me to keep up because it didn't catch my interest at all. The plot is very simple and easy to understand, it was just made harder to get by the mix of reality and the bad stories the guy makes up to keep the interest of the kid. Visually ugly, the costumes are tacky, the colors too bright, the acting is okay. This is not an enchanting, artistic or moving story and I don't know why people like it. I find it to be boring, insipid and pretentious. Just a movie that tries to flash the viewers with high contrast colors, ridiculous costumes and a half-baked storytelling formula. It's a shallow movie in every aspect. Full Review »
  3. May 11, 2014
    9
    one movie you'll simply want to watch without a specific reason. great cinematography, wonderful direction, intriguing plot, and above all,one movie you'll simply want to watch without a specific reason. great cinematography, wonderful direction, intriguing plot, and above all, the singular best chemistry between the leads. Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru steal the show. Full Review »