The Invisible Man Reviews

October 8, 2020
Mr. Wells's original idea had the element of humour as well as stark terror in it; in the film the humour misses all its glorious opportunities and the terror is robbed.
October 8, 2020
Under the supervision of James Whale, the director of "Frankenstein" and "The Old Dark House" the doings of the Invisible Man have been set forth with extraordinary realism.
October 8, 2020
A marvel of film technique.
October 14, 2011
Rains, whose expressive gestures are also vital to his performance, recognised it as a career-making opportunity, a whole film that builds up to the revelation of his face.
October 21, 2010
In his first cinema role, which must have been easy for him to play since it amounts to very little more than an offstage noise, Claude Rains gives an alarming performance, almost as frightening when he is present as when he is not.
November 6, 2008
The strangest character yet created by the screen roams through The Invisible Man.
June 4, 2007
James Whale's 1933 film plays more like a British folk comedy than a horror movie; it's full of the same deft character twists that made his Bride of Frankenstein a classic.
June 24, 2006
Rains, with his clear, sensitively inflected voice, was lucky: it made him a star.
January 28, 2006
It is hardly necessary to dwell upon the performances of the cast beyond saying that they all rise to the demands of their parts. As for the settings, they seem very real, and the direction and acting of the uniformed police force are unusually good.
October 8, 2003
March 10, 2003
The story is one of those great mad scientist tales in which the potion invented with the best intentions for its enhancement of human life becomes instead an evil force bent on its destruction.
January 1, 2000
The many special effects -- some retouched on film by hand -- are quaint by today's digital standards, but that only makes them all the more fun.