'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes (1963)




Critic Consensus: By turns lurid and disturbing, The Man with the X-Ray Eyes is a compelling piece of sci-fi pulp and one of Roger Corman's most effective movies.

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Filmed under the working title X, this Roger Corman masterwork was released in most areas as X -- The Man with the X-Ray Eyes. Ray Milland plays Dr. Xavier, who experiments with a new, far-reaching form of vision. His efforts succeed insofar as allowing him to see great distances, and to look through walls, clothing and even skin. Wandering aimlessly about after this discovery, Milland is briefly exploited by carnival operator Don Rickles. A compassionate doctor (Diane Van der Vlis) attempts to … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Ray Russell, Robert Dillon
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On DVD: Jun 5, 2001
Orion Home Video

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Critic Reviews for 'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

Director Roger Corman keeps this moving and Ray Milland is competent as the doomed man. Special effects on his prism-eye world, called Spectarama, are good if sometimes repetitive.

Full Review… | June 6, 2007
Top Critic

This queasy 1963 SF parable was directed--quickly and cheaply--by Roger Corman for American-International, drawing some of its strength from its tawdry drive-in overtones.

Full Review… | June 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Intelligent sci-fi movie has a powerful performance from Milland.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Surprisingly level-headed and persuasive in its restraint and succinct dialogue.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The bizarre ending has a resonating factor that helps enhance the film's enjoyment quotient.

Full Review… | June 8, 2015

This nifty slice of sci-fi basically plays like Corman's low-rent version of the 1957 classic The Incredible Shrinking Man.

Full Review… | May 14, 2015
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Audience Reviews for 'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes

This is an okay movie from Corman, it's not one of the best, but it's not one of the worst either. It has a familiar sci-fi horror theme, but with a man who actually has X-ray eyes, which is the coolest part of the movie.

Aj V

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All hail Roger Corman! A cult classic with all the trappings you'd expect from uber-cool low-budget 60's science fiction.

It wasn't enough that the mad scientist could see through paper, clothes and skin. He kept pushing, kept experimenting until he saw things no man was ever intended to see, things no man should ever see [insert creepy music here].

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Very decent 1960's science-fiction. Definitely worthy of remaking...

Marcus Woolcott

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