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The Cat and the Canary Reviews

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June 4, 2015
Plays with cinematic form and representation like few movies of any style have gotten away with under the aegis of a big Hollywood studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 20, 2014
[This] adroitly atmospheric film is virtually an ideogram of narrative suspension and impact, and it's a lovely, musty, nightened place to visit.
October 20, 2014
Moodily shot, this classic "old dark house" picture is played mostly for laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 20, 2014
What makes Canary sing is Leni's pioneering mix of spooky expressionism and light comedy, fabulous camera work, and nice turns from Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, and Martha Mattox.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 20, 2008
Not exactly a horror film, at least by any strict definition. But it is a great deal of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 26, 2006
Stylishly well-executed old-fashioned horror-suspense thriller that's laced with a macabre humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 25, 2006
It is not only in actual cinematic effects that Mr. Leni's work is telling; there are sequences in the story which reveal his absolute command of the players.
February 9, 2006
Hugely entertaining.
July 22, 2005
Transposing the expressionist panache of Weimar cinema, Leni responded with one of the most influential classics of the Hollywood horror genre.
May 24, 2003
Leni was the first of the great expressionist German directors to go to Hollywood, and his debut film there influenced subsequent horror movies, especially at Universal Pictures.
November 30, 2002
The sort of creepy movie that is perhaps best thought of as spooky fun -- and 85 years have not changed that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 26, 2001
Like most spoofs, it wears thin fairly quickly.
July 23, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 23, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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