Freaks

Freaks

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  • Freaks
    1 minutes 19 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Freaks Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A masterpiece of the horror mold, and one that warrants a loyal audience.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

October 28, 2013
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] In spite of the tremendous success he enjoyed with "Dracula" in 1931, Tod Browning's directorial career was effectively ruined after he made "Freaks" the following year.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A-

December 9, 2011

Total Film

Firmly out of its tree from start to finish, the campy performances and bonkers dialogue make for plenty of cherishably deranged moments.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

October 20, 2010
Variety Staff
Variety
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Freaks is sumptuously produced, admirably directed, and no cost was spared. But Metro failed to realize that even with a different sort of offering the story still is important.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009

TIME Magazine
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Director Tod Browning, one of the few truly individual directors in the U. S., is a specialist in horror.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 7, 2008
Philip French
Observer [UK]

To the horror movie, a genre he helped create, he brought a taste for Victorian melodrama and an understanding, which he must have gained in the circus, for the isolated lives of weird and deformed outsiders.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

September 24, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Freaks is one of Browning's more consistently fine films, a landmark still worth seeing.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

September 24, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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If the heart of the horror movie is the annihilating Other, the Other has never appeared with more vividness, teasing sympathy, and terror than in this 1932 film by Tod Browning.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 24, 2007

Film4

A masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 24, 2007
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Absolutely spine chilling Tod Browning classic horror film. "We will make you one of us." Yike!

| Original Score: 5/5

December 23, 2006

New York Times
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer definitely has on its hands a picture that is out of the ordinary.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 8, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The movie's influences can be found in nearly every conceivable corner of modern film.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

April 7, 2006
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

...drills into our hindbrain and jolts our atavistic response to the not-normal, then forces us to confront our prejudices and feel something -- revulsion, compassion, or surprise at the realization that those aren't mutually exclusive responses.

Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com

April 4, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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It has now achieved deserved recognition as a masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Unclassifiable odd masterpiece.

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

April 6, 2005
Doug Cummings
Filmjourney

It's part of the film's brilliance that the lines between normal and abnormal, us and them, and even morality and immorality, are constantly blurred and reversed...

Full Review Source: Filmjourney

December 1, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Ainda que Browning martele sem a menor sutileza sua mensagem ao longo de toda a projeção, o filme continua a impressionar graças ao seu elenco atípico e ao incômodo ato final.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2004
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the movie was never meant to be a horror film; it was meant to be a character study and morality play.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

August 31, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a truly amazing film, not so much horrific as it is funny, touching and extraordinary; you'd be hard-pressed to find another film like it.

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

August 30, 2004
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Unforgettable.

| Original Score: A-

August 23, 2004
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