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

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Top Critic
David Pirie
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made.
Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine
October 27, 2014
The vertiginous sets synthesize with the film's more rudimentary narrative of doubling to achieve radically luminous social ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
CA Lejeune
Guardian
October 30, 2015
[That Wiene], this outsider, with no knowledge of studio customs, no reverence for studio traditions, should have turned out The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari seems a thing almost too strange for belief.
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
August 28, 2014
Just as dreams take complex personalities and boil them down to friend or foe, so too The Cabinet of Dr Caligari brims with archetypes: the demented doctor, the handsome hero, the innocent ingénue.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Bleasdale
Electric Sheep
August 1, 2014
This film has madness running all the way through it, a madness that seeps from story into reality and back again.
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
August 29, 2014
The mother lode of the horror genre, this German Expressionist movie is directed by Robert Wiene and presents a full smorgasbord of pop-eyed terror, lunatics, murderers and possessed somnambulists in its eerie shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 7, 2011
A case can be made that Caligari was the first true horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 20, 2003
Set a standard for creepiness that has never been matched.
| Original Score: 5/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
August 29, 2014
A twisted tale of murder, kidnap, madness and an ancient book, all told in flashback by a young man from a park bench.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
July 23, 2014
A foundational nightmare vision
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
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
August 26, 2010
Pre-dating even early genre landmarks Nosferatu (1922) and Metropolis (1926) by some distance, Robert Wiene's silent film is both influential and one of a kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
January 17, 2008
A classic. Visually stunning and more experimental than anything coming out today.
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 18, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 3, 2011
With its unusual look and neatly folding method of storytelling "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" is an artistically uninhibited silent horror film that still sends chills.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
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.
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
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 24, 2007
The influence of Robert Wiene's Caligari is so great that it threatens to obscure the work itself.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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