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

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 13, 2007
This is more than just a textbook classic; the narrative frame creates ambiguities that hold certain elements of the story in disturbing suspension. A one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
One of those rare, amazing technical accomplishments that also succeeds as art.
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 25, 2006
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.
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David Pirie
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
February 2, 2005
Wiene's expressionistic masterpiece is required viewing for lovers of the gothic and the weird.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 1, 2004
A landmark of Expressionist cinema and contains many dazzling set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 23, 2004
well crafted mystery thriller that is far more satisfying than most modern Hollywood formula fare
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 18, 2003
Groundbreaking, but less a good film than a good idea for one.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 20, 2003
Set a standard for creepiness that has never been matched.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
April 20, 2003
You have never seen anything like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Curiously, though it is considered a milestone in film history, its technique is rarely imitated.
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
A still-breathtaking exploration of visual possibilities that set a template for terror, which many modern films still follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
surrealist cinema begins right here
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
One of the great-grandfathers of Horror Cinema ... and it's still pretty darn creepy today.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nick Hilditch
BBC.com
April 17, 2001
It is difficult to imagine the film done better with the benefit of sound, colour, or any innovation since.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ted Prigge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
A simple, subversive film made all the more interesting because of its style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Caligari, however edited, is still a powerhouse of a horror film, a significant breakthrough in style and in expression: a poetical vision.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
The sheer audacity of the film's physical and psychological conceit will haunt you forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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