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Freaks Reviews

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Josh Larsen
November 17, 2015
...despite its gruesome conclusion, the movie seems to do everything in its power to create community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
October 15, 2015
Browning locked in some of horror cinema's most indelible images.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 28, 2015
[Boasts] some of the most terrifying scenes ever consigned to film.
Jonathan Hatfull
June 18, 2015
With strong performances and a surprising tenderness, Freaks more than deserves its towering reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
June 14, 2015
Browning's sympathies are clear; if there are "freaks" on display here, they are not the versatile performers to whom the title seems to allude.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martyn Conterio
June 10, 2015
Undoubtedly flawed, Freaks is also admirably bonkers and quite simply unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 8, 2015
One of the most powerful films ever made about the need for humanity and solidarity in the face of cruelty and oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 28, 2013
A masterpiece of the horror mold, and one that warrants a loyal audience.
Cole Smithey
December 9, 2011
[VIDEO ESSAY] In spite of the tremendous success he enjoyed with "Dracula" in 1931, Tod Browning's directorial career was effectively ruined after he made "Freaks" the following year.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
October 20, 2010
From scandalous Hollywood outcast to influential cult classic, Tod Browning's 1932 dark drama about (and starring) freak-show performers is now truly "one of us".
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Freaks is sumptuously produced, admirably directed, and no cost was spared. But Metro failed to realize that even with a different sort of offering the story still is important.
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TIME Magazine
October 7, 2008
Director Tod Browning, one of the few truly individual directors in the U. S., is a specialist in horror.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 24, 2007
To the horror movie, a genre he helped create, he brought a taste for Victorian melodrama and an understanding, which he must have gained in the circus, for the isolated lives of weird and deformed outsiders.

TV Guide
September 24, 2007
Freaks is one of Browning's more consistently fine films, a landmark still worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 24, 2007
If the heart of the horror movie is the annihilating Other, the Other has never appeared with more vividness, teasing sympathy, and terror than in this 1932 film by Tod Browning.

September 24, 2007
A masterpiece.
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
December 23, 2006
Absolutely spine chilling Tod Browning classic horror film. "We will make you one of us." Yike!
| Original Score: 5/5
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New York Times
August 8, 2006
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer definitely has on its hands a picture that is out of the ordinary.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 7, 2006
The movie's influences can be found in nearly every conceivable corner of modern film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Bourne
April 4, 2006
...drills into our hindbrain and jolts our atavistic response to the not-normal, then forces us to confront our prejudices and feel something -- revulsion, compassion, or surprise at the realization that those aren't mutually exclusive responses.
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