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The Cat and the Canary Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
July 23, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Tim Purtell
Entertainment Weekly
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-
Ronald Bergan
Radio Times
October 20, 2014
Moodily shot, this classic "old dark house" picture is played mostly for laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 26, 2006
Stylishly well-executed old-fashioned horror-suspense thriller that's laced with a macabre humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 22, 2005
Transposing the expressionist panache of Weimar cinema, Leni responded with one of the most influential classics of the Hollywood horror genre.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Hugely entertaining.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 26, 2001
Like most spoofs, it wears thin fairly quickly.
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
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.

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.
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