Conclusion: Even the marquee value of Eli Roth probably won't be enough to convince droves of horror lovers to invite this Stranger into their homes. The film simply shambles, more zombie-like in fact, never working up any convincing momentum.
Conclusion: The Stranger knows what it wants to do and what films it wants to be held up against, its just not strong enough for its own and is more middle of the road/average. This Blu-ray holds up a rock solid performance though in both video and audio. The extras leave a bit to be desired.
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.
Excerpt: Blossoming cinephiles who get around to The Stranger later in life may be startled by the film they actually see after potentially hearing of its mediocrity as a reflection of director Orson Welles's desire to achieve a functional worker-for-hire anonymity following the brilliant but unprofitable...
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: 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.