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The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse Reviews

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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
The story is very long-winded and even an ingenious director like Fritz Lang could not prevent its being rather slow-moving in places.
Aaron Lazenby
May 18, 2004
Too bad it's not much fun to watch
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Herbert L. Matthews
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It is a hallucinating and horrifying story, depicted with great power and the extraordinary beauty of photography that Lang has led his admirers to expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 3, 2004
This absolutely riveting crime film by Fritz Lang demonstrates the height of taut, suspenseful filmmaking.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 24, 2003
Lang used Mabuse as a symbol for corruption and decadence in Germany's Weimar Republic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 7, 2012
Fritz Lang's suspense masterpiece starts with a kick and then piles on the subterfuge, suspense and terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark Bourne
April 6, 2006
So while lauded by the wine-swirling art-house set, Lang was a German master whose films -- and there are a lot of them -- also appeal to those of us who rarely use the phrase 'mise en scène' in conversation.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
September 5, 2010
[Lang's] ambitious command of the medium...keeps us rooted to our seats from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 22, 2006
Richly inventive crime thriller
Jurgen Fauth
June 6, 2004
Vivid images and tight storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 15, 2003
Not only the most modern-looking film of 1932, it still looks modern today.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 24, 2004
The most notorious of the [Dr. Mabuse movies], simply because it was the film that helped trigger Lang's flight from Nazi Germany.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 24, 2003
The movie captures an air of dread, despair, and individual impotence -- a political atmosphere that meshed perfectly with Lang's raging paranoia.
Michael Koller
Senses of Cinema
January 25, 2005
Testament is still a great film that provides a perfect summation of Lang's German career.
Emanuel Levy
June 17, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 24, 2003
A haunting, suspenseful sequel to the great Fritz Lang's 1922 silent Dr. Mabuse the Gambler.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

May 24, 2003
This important, controversial work from one of cinema's great early masters is more than a mere museum piece -- it's also spellbinding entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
By 1932, the character had become rather more than just king villain of the serials: Testament finds him mouthing undisguised Nazi slogans from his asylum prison.
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