Conclusion: Though not as celebrated as Orson Welles' two previous films, The Stranger is a crucial part of the director's filmography, proving he could create a commercial success without (fully) sacrificing his artistic integrity.
Conclusion: The Stranger is a fascinating film for any number of reasons. Welles managed to subtly interject his directorial genius here without completely blowing himself out of the water as he did on The Magnificent Ambersons .
Excerpt: You’re in trouble the moment the opening credits give you a headache. As The Stranger begins, we see Stone Cold Steve Austin (Grizzly Adams beard and all) running down the street from some of the worst SWAT team members ever.
Conclusion: The Stranger is pretty much the epitome of the straight-to-video Action film. It's not all that good, but it's a serviceable movie that's best enjoyed with no expectations and on a rainy day when there's nothing better to do.
Conclusion: I need to take a shower right about now. Maybe two in a row. I want to get this feeling off of me. This feeling that I may never again see a good film. I may sound melodramatic to you, but imagine if you just had a near-death experience. That's how my cinematic tastebuds feel right about now.