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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Seeing it is a time-bending experience, a way of visiting the past and glimpsing the past's idea of the future. A masterpiece of art direction, the movie has influenced our vision of the future ever since, with its imposing white monoliths and starched facades. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    An awesome cinema spectacle. show more

  • 100
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    It took the German restorers four years to ready this print using dupe negatives and old prints found in archives around the world. Their work speaks for itself. Each frame of this classic is drop-dead stunning, the more so now that the movie no longer hiccups its way across the screen. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Does what many great films do, creating a time, place and characters so striking that they become part of our arsenal of images for imagining the world. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Trashy and glorious, the restored Metropolis is a pop epic for the ages. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Metropolis has a place in world history as well as in the annals of fantasy. Adolf Hitler was said to have loved it, and Lang eventually fled Germany for Hollywood when the Third Reich wanted him to run its movie industry. Few movies of any era offer so much varied food for thought, cinematically and politically. Its new restoration is a major motion-picture event. show more

  • 100
    Marta Barber Miami Herald

    What you come to see are the strokes of a visual master. You will not be disappointed. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    It leaves you dazed and sated. Compared to the fast food "eye candy" surrounding it these days, Metropolis is a gourmet 20-course meal. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    What ultimately saves the film from both silliness and ponderousness is not its simplistic social message, not its now-stale theme, nor its disappointing characterizations, but rather the dazzling cinematic (and theatrical) bag of tricks which Lang and company employed to keep things moving. show more

  • 80
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    After half a century, does the story hold up? Eh, pretty much. In the end, the story doesn't really matter that much as this is really a vehicle for the amazing visuals. show more

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