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


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Freaks Reviews

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Variety Staff
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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
Christopher Null

pretty pioneering for 1932, but modern desensitization to such things (hell, we have Paris Hilton on TV) mutes the freak-out effect almost completely

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

August 14, 2004
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film

Freaks is worth a look for those with interested in the history of exploitation cinema or the trash/punk aesthetic of the likes of John Waters, but others will probably find it unpleasant and heavy going.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 16, 2001
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2002
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
Scott Weinberg

Uniquely horrifying.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 27, 2002
Cole Smithey

[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: | Original Score: A-

December 9, 2011
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
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
Staci Layne Wilson

Freaks is definitely not a horror film in the traditional sense -- yet, it's appealed to horror fans for decades.

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August 12, 2004
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

August 9, 2002
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 13, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... Browning made the normal people the grotesque ones, showing how ugly they were because of their intolerance.

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

January 1, 2000
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium

If anything, the movie is a fable about accepting others as you would want to be accepted yourself. Unfortunately, the studios and general public didn't see it that way.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: A

October 24, 2001
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
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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 4/5

February 25, 2005
Mark Bourne

...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.

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April 4, 2006
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Browning's film really works to get the audience to view things from the freaks' perspective

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

January 1, 2000
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