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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) Reviews

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Variety Staff
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Robert Wiene has made perfect use of settings designed by Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann and Walter Roehrig, settings that squeeze and turn and adjust the eye and through the eye the mentality.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 25, 2006

Time Out
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Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Wiene's expressionistic masterpiece is required viewing for lovers of the gothic and the weird.

| Original Score: 5/5

February 2, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A landmark of Expressionist cinema and contains many dazzling set pieces.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

November 1, 2004
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

well crafted mystery thriller that is far more satisfying than most modern Hollywood formula fare

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: A

January 23, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Groundbreaking, but less a good film than a good idea for one.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 18, 2003
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Set a standard for creepiness that has never been matched.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 20, 2003
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

You have never seen anything like it.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 5/5

April 20, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Curiously, though it is considered a milestone in film history, its technique is rarely imitated.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

March 10, 2003
James Rocchi

A still-breathtaking exploration of visual possibilities that set a template for terror, which many modern films still follow.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 7, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

surrealist cinema begins right here

| Original Score: 5/5

July 29, 2002
Scott Weinberg

One of the great-grandfathers of Horror Cinema ... and it's still pretty darn creepy today.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002

It is difficult to imagine the film done better with the benefit of sound, colour, or any innovation since.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

April 17, 2001
Ted Prigge

A simple, subversive film made all the more interesting because of its style.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Caligari, however edited, is still a powerhouse of a horror film, a significant breakthrough in style and in expression: a poetical vision.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

January 1, 2000
David Keyes

The story is a revolution of wickedness: a wheel of bizarre occurrences and unsettling characters that engulf the peaceful serenity of a small, oddly designed town.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

The sheer audacity of the film's physical and psychological conceit will haunt you forever.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 4/5

March 9, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 5/5

July 22, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 5/5

June 17, 2005
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