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  • Summary: From the classic novel by Graham Greene comes a murder mystery centered on a love triangle set against the French Indochina War in Vietnam circa 1952. (Miramax)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. 100
    The narrative is lean, the supporting performances are solid, and, perhaps most crucially, the emotional tone of the piece is spot-on.
  2. 100
    The film reveals itself to be not so much a historical allegory as an Iliad of the heart. It's sad and smart and beautiful and true.
  3. 100
    It is a film with a political point of view, but often its characters lose sight of that, in their fascination with each other and with the girl.
  4. In so many ways, The Quiet American speaks volumes.
  5. 80
    As a piece of acting, The Quiet American represents a fitting capper to Caine’s illustrious career; his portrait of a jaded sybarite whom history nudges into conscientious action is among the year’s most moving.
  6. 75
    Caine has never been better, which is saying something. He puts a human face on a tragic era of history in a film that ranks with the year's finest.
  7. As is frequently the case when there is public fuss about a film or play, the work itself is not very good.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14