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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) Collapse
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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: 38 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
  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. EllenC.
    Jun 7, 2008
    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
    The moive was wonderful to watch. It has so many plots lines and graphics it's an amazing watch.
  4. MelodyS.
    May 18, 2008
    Beautiful but simple, self-aware but enchanting. Substance matches style. See it.
  5. 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
  6. JasonT.
    Sep 27, 2008
    Wow - visually, this in one of the most stunning movies ever made! The only reason I did not give it a 10 is that it was more like watching a world class art installation than a dramatic film. The story is simple in its construction (although there are some not so obvious underlying meanings). In general, I think the negative reviews are related to the small mindedness of the general American movie going crowd. The most amazing part of this movie is that no computers were used to enhance any scene. In an age where we take the amazing for granted because everything is altered - this movie is truly amazing! See it! Expand
  7. syzygy
    May 11, 2008
    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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