The Invisible Man Reviews

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June 6, 2019
This thriller falters between grim humor and silly comedy. Adapted from the II. C. Wells novel, it has an amusing and legitimate British feeling in its early scenes.
June 5, 2016
Blessed with some greatly terrific visual moments.
October 24, 2014
One of my favorites, Claude Rains, in the title role. He's only visible at the end, so gaining the audience's favor must have been a challenge using only his voice and plenty of bandages. The invisibility formula drives him insane. Excellent film.
September 30, 2014
This is an entertaining movie and even a memorable one, but without a stronger story, I wouldn't refer to it as a masterpiece.
October 6, 2013
The success of this superb adaptation of HG Wells's novel is down to John P Fulton and John J Mescall's pioneering special effects and the eerie atmosphere conjured up by horror maestro James Whale.
July 30, 2013
Alarming, both for the way it allows its antihero to fully fall into madness and for the violence that this fall involves.
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.
Top Critic
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.
April 27, 2009
Rains, with his silky, slightly superior-sounding voice, emerges as pathetic not grandiose, and the film clips along with boundless energy.
November 6, 2008
The strangest character yet created by the screen [from the novel by H.G. Wells] roams through The Invisible Man.
December 2, 2007
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.
January 30, 2007
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.
June 26, 2005
June 25, 2005
May 10, 2005
Overacted but holds on pretty well though.
December 28, 2004
Terrific entry in the James Whale horror canon
August 24, 2004
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