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The Black Cat Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 14, 2014
This bizarre, utterly irrational masterpiece, lasting little more than an hour, has images that bury themselves in the mind.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
This timeless classic is a testimony to the craft of director Edgar G Ulmer before his career lurched into the quickie arena.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
July 3, 2010
Edgar G. Ulmer's grandest danse macabre, a magnificently sustained trance
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TIME Magazine
October 19, 2008
A dismal hocus-pocus which seems to confuse its actors as much as it fails to frighten its audience.

October 19, 2008
A magnificently eerie entry from the early days of Hollywood horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Biodrowski
October 15, 2008
No monsters but lots of atmosphere, this is a classic of the genre.
Cole Smithey
October 13, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
September 26, 2007
Story is confused and confusing, and while with the aid of heavily-shadowed lighting and mausoleum-like architecture, a certain eeriness has been achieved, it's all a poor imitation of things seen before.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2007
Ulmer never again had the budgetary resources granted him by Universal (at the time, Karloff and Lugosi were two of the studio's biggest stars), and he makes the most of them.
Jeremy Heilman
August 4, 2007
One of the best in Universal's storied horror cycle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andre Sennwald
New York Times
August 8, 2006
More foolish than horrible. The story and dialogue pile the agony on too thick to give the audience a reasonable scare.
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Sumptuously subversive... one of the very best horror movies Universal ever made.
Sean Axmaker
St@tic Multimedia
September 15, 2005
... a baroque masterpiece, the pinnacle of expressionism of Hollywood.
Staci Layne Wilson
January 28, 2005
A creepy classic, this one is the cat's meow.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
January 18, 2005
Inventive horror classic with brilliant sets and visual style.
Joshua Vasquez
Slant Magazine
August 29, 2004
The Black Cat's impressionist wasteland is composed of equal parts severe allegory and pulp poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
A remarkable study of evil containing some unusually brutal scenes in its frenzied climax, The Black Cat is still one of the most affecting horrors the genre has ever produced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 30, 2002
Lugosi's finest performance, Ulmer's finest film. Brilliant.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
November 29, 2002
A woderfully perverse and creepy delight. If Karloff's religion doesn't scare you, his hairdo will.
| Original Score: 5/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
a highly stylish mind-bender of a horror film
| Original Score: 5/5
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