The Quiet American

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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)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    As thoughtful as it is handsomely acted. Caine's subtle, bold performance should guarantee him an aisle seat on Oscar night.
  2. 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.
  3. 100
    Star Michael Caine, who gives one of the great, inescapably moving performances in a career filled with them, based his character on personal impressions of the late author. And Greene's lifelong concern with moral ambiguity gives this film a texture and complexity that movies don't usually achieve.
  4. In so many ways, The Quiet American speaks volumes.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    One of Caine's meatiest roles, and he handles it with power, humanity and remarkable emotional fluidity; from the opening moments, an enormous amount comes through his eyes alone.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    This is intelligent grown-up entertainment on both a political and a humanistic level.
  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: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14

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