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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Reviews

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Staci Layne Wilson
May 29, 2007
A competent curio reimagining of the silent-era classic.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 24, 2006
In his semi-remake of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the director David Lee Fisher has accomplished something rather startling: he has out-disoriented the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2006
Fisher's dialogue draws heavily on the original film's intertitles and script directions and the addition of sound is a plus for moviegoers uncomfortable with the artificial embarrassment of silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Cornelius
July 12, 2007
It's the movie equivalent of bad fan fiction, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 17, 2007
Interesting only for about as long as it takes to realize that Fisher has honored Weine's expressionist aesthetic but hasn't improved the original's creaky plotline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Leydon
October 25, 2006
An undeniably clever commingling of a new cast (and spoken dialogue) with a silent classic. But pic fails to engage consistently on its own terms, and begins to coast on novelty value around the midway point.
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R. Emmet Sweeney
Village Voice
October 24, 2006
Although technically impressive, the remake is dramatically inert, as the set becomes a motionless backdrop to theatrical line readings instead of a pulsing manifestation of diseased minds.
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