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Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 20

It boasts an intriguing cast and the special effects were groundbreaking, but they can't compensate for Memoirs of an Invisible Man's sadly pedestrian script.

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Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 3

It boasts an intriguing cast and the special effects were groundbreaking, but they can't compensate for Memoirs of an Invisible Man's sadly pedestrian script.

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Chevy Chase stars, though not always visibly, as Nick Halloway, a low-level businessman with an acerbic approach to life and work, whose humdrum existence utterly bores him. Nick gets an unexpected jolt of excitement when, nursing a hangover, he's the only one not to evacuate an office building that becomes a disaster area after a mishap involving nuclear testing equipment. An unexpected by-product of the accident is that it turns the molecules of the building, as well as Nick and the clothes

Aug 19, 2003

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (20) | DVD (8)

A solid sci-fi movie, suffering only from a terrible marketing campaign.

September 16, 2005
7M Pictures

The first film to be released by the pod person John Carpenter, after the real one was abducted by aliens.

September 14, 2005
Needcoffee.com

They couldn't go wrong with The Invisible Man could they? Yes, they could.

July 21, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

Weak.

April 18, 2004
Chico Enterprise-Record

As ever Carpenter's execution falls short of his concept.

January 29, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Terribly underrated; watch immediately.

September 8, 2003 | Comment (1)
MovieCrypt.com

...being lukewarm is not entirely a bad thing. It beats dead cold.

August 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The best reason to see Memoirs is its groundbreaking special effects

August 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Offers snapshots of contemporary attitudes toward friendship, love, bureaucracy and body language

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Chevy Chase tries to get a bit more serious, and fails, but the special effects are impressive.

February 3, 2003
New Times

Completely unmemorable

January 9, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

The plot seems to be invisible too.

September 19, 2002
Moviehole

An all-too familiar scenario: brilliant effects covering up for a banal story and lifeless characters.

August 30, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Other than the nifty FX and the great Sam Neill, there's not much here worth remembering.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Memoirs of an Invisible Man

Not your typical Carpenter film this and certainly not your typical Chevy Chase film either. Everyone knows the basic premise for 'The Invisible Man' and this film is based on a novel so there aren't too many surprises along the way.

I think the casting of Chase was wrong for the film really, he does add a nice light touch but he doesn't fit the seriousness of it all. You can't help but think Dan Aykroyd or Eugene Levy will pop up and crack a few visual gags. Chase does charm well, adding a gentle feeling but the addition of Hannah as his love interest really doesn't help, she is so so wet and lame, turns the whole thing into real mush.

Effects wise the film is quite good and at the time they did make an impact. Nothing original looking back of course, all the usual type of visual gags and transparency problems one would expect, but some sequences do look good still. Its more enjoyable to watch the special effects knowing no CGI was used, that does make you appreciate the work more and some of it is kinda cute these days.

A pleasant film with no real surprises or much originality. Expect to see the typical bandaged man look a few times, can't have an invisibility flick without the obligatory bandaged man, makes you wonder where he got all the bandages. Also gotta wonder where he gets all the clothes and smoking jacket type attire from, the Claude Rains film really set a trend there.

Bottom line, Chase is the good invisible guy and Sam Neill is the bad CIA guy after him. Personally the offer of being a top undercover spy working for Uncle Sam doesn't sound too bad if you ask me, dunno what Chase's character is complaining about. A wander into mainstream Hollywood type affairs for Carpenter without his usual quirky mysterious thrills, nice film but nothing to shout about.
October 14, 2012
phubbs1

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Another Chevy Chase's film, that could be much better. Despite the special effects, and chilling story, Memoirs is not so funny. But is memorable, for me, at least. Weak.
May 21, 2011
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

a john carpenter film, so much is expected, but totally undermined by the lead, doing a bad bogie ...
May 14, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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