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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) Reviews

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CA Lejeune
October 30, 2015
[That Wiene], this outsider, with no knowledge of studio customs, no reverence for studio traditions, should have turned out The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari seems a thing almost too strange for belief.
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
November 17, 2014
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari illustrates something more eternal: about great manipulators, and the underlying anxiety that either society has gone mad, or we have.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine
October 27, 2014
The vertiginous sets synthesize with the film's more rudimentary narrative of doubling to achieve radically luminous social ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
August 31, 2014
Thrilling, chilling, electrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
August 29, 2014
The mother lode of the horror genre, this German Expressionist movie is directed by Robert Wiene and presents a full smorgasbord of pop-eyed terror, lunatics, murderers and possessed somnambulists in its eerie shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
August 29, 2014
A twisted tale of murder, kidnap, madness and an ancient book, all told in flashback by a young man from a park bench.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
August 28, 2014
Warped in all senses, fascinating and bizarre ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
August 28, 2014
Just as dreams take complex personalities and boil them down to friend or foe, so too The Cabinet of Dr Caligari brims with archetypes: the demented doctor, the handsome hero, the innocent ingénue.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
August 25, 2014
This freshly 4K-ed masterpiece of German Expressionism deserves to be seen on the big screen. Track it down and be rewarded with possibly cinema's first ever twist ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Graham
Total Film
August 25, 2014
Other areas of innovation and influence are often overstated, but its silent scream still registers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Bleasdale
Electric Sheep
August 1, 2014
This film has madness running all the way through it, a madness that seeps from story into reality and back again.
Fernando F. Croce
July 23, 2014
A foundational nightmare vision
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 7, 2011
A case can be made that Caligari was the first true horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
October 3, 2011
With its unusual look and neatly folding method of storytelling "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" is an artistically uninhibited silent horror film that still sends chills.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 26, 2010
Pre-dating even early genre landmarks Nosferatu (1922) and Metropolis (1926) by some distance, Robert Wiene's silent film is both influential and one of a kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 7, 2010
Even if taken as social or Freudian statement, Caligari's real star attraction is in the visuals.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 31, 2009
still creepy good entertainment on a rainy day
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Beth Accomando
January 17, 2008
A classic. Visually stunning and more experimental than anything coming out today.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 24, 2007
The influence of Robert Wiene's Caligari is so great that it threatens to obscure the work itself.
Full Review | Original Score: A

TV Guide
August 13, 2007
A seminal horror movie, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was hailed upon its initial release as the first film to elevate the cinema from the realm of popular entertainment to that of high art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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