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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Reviews

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Top Critic
Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Camera trick of changing a central figure from the handsome Fredric March into the bestial, ape-like monster Hyde, carries a terrific punch, but in each successive use of the device -- and it is repeated four times -- it weakens in hair-raising effort.
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide
September 25, 2001
Unable to explore the disturbingly misogynist undercurrents of the tale, the film is memorable mostly for the fine performances of the leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
This most enduring adaptation of the Faustian moral fable is totally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
December 12, 2008
Dr Jekyll combines gothic horror, aristocratic romance and madcap Freudian psychodrama into a dizzying, exhilarating brew.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2007
A remarkable achievement that deserves to be much better known.
Jim Hall
December 12, 2008
While some of the dialogue and acting may now seem arch, this remains a standout take on the classic novel, visually inventive and often surprisingly strong given the era in which it was made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 30, 2003
Jekyll's predicament, his repressed sexual frustration...and the consequent release of this frustration as Hyde, must have been a pain for the censors to accept.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 20, 2007
It's taken from a novel Stevenson feverishly wrote over a period of six-days while snorting cocaine, and is well-served in this film by Mamoulian's excesses.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 14, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 16, 2011
There has never been a more inventive nor engaging retelling of this classic story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Douglas Pratt
October 14, 2004
It is an engaging, old-fashioned movie, using the right blend of thoughtful artistry and matinee thrills, with a touch of eroticism to spice things up.
| Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
December 12, 2008
It's a lurid potboiler which is notable for some superb camera work (a long POV tracking shot at the beginning of the film for example), some innovative early special effects and some of the most deranged overacting you are ever likely to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Transformations still amaze; best version to date.
| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 10, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 8, 2004
The film makes it clear that Hyde's emergence is due more to Jekyll's 'ungentlemanly' sexual frustration (note Hyde's hairy hands) than to any particular bloodlust...
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
One of the most strikingly creative films of its era. Mamoulian piles innovative approach on top of innovative approach with dizzying speed to create a movie unlike any other.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Fredric March is the stellar performer in this blood-curdling shadow venture.
Adrian Danks
Senses of Cinema
January 12, 2004
A dark and ultimately disturbing film.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 16, 2004
Someone's been reading her "Paradise Lost."
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