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Freaks Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It has now achieved deserved recognition as a masterpiece.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 6, 2005
Unclassifiable odd masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Doug Cummings
December 1, 2004
It's part of the film's brilliance that the lines between normal and abnormal, us and them, and even morality and immorality, are constantly blurred and reversed...
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 17, 2004
Ainda que Browning martele sem a menor sutileza sua mensagem ao longo de toda a projeção, o filme continua a impressionar graças ao seu elenco atípico e ao incômodo ato final.
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 31, 2004
...the movie was never meant to be a horror film; it was meant to be a character study and morality play.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 30, 2004
It's a truly amazing film, not so much horrific as it is funny, touching and extraordinary; you'd be hard-pressed to find another film like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 25, 2004
A deserved cult masterpiece, this tale of the macabre, with its blood-freezing shock ending, is incredible, disturbing and, once seen, never forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
August 23, 2004
| Original Score: A-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 19, 2004
Today, it's a cult favorite that continues to resonate -- The Player, Toy Story and Hedwig and the Angry Inch are just a few of the major films to have paid it homage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
August 14, 2004
Pretty pioneering for 1932, but modern desensitization to such things (hell, we have Paris Hilton on TV) mutes the freak-out effect almost completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Staci Layne Wilson
August 12, 2004
Freaks is definitely not a horror film in the traditional sense -- yet, it's appealed to horror fans for decades.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 29, 2003
Browning uses the film's famous "Wedding Feast" sequence and its rhythmic use of montage to fantastically blur the lines between the normal and the abnormal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 13, 2003
To this day, there's never been anything like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Freaks is one of those legendary films, made all the more legendary by its ill-repute over the years.
Peter Bradshaw
October 2, 2002
It is a work of genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Russell
September 17, 2002
It's a cinematic slap in the face that'll leave you reeling with shock, surprise and maybe even delight. They certainly don't make them like this anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
one of the weirdest dramas ever put on screen
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
Uniquely horrifying.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 3, 2002
Freaks is a requisite entry in the library of horror.
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
If anything, the movie is a fable about accepting others as you would want to be accepted yourself. Unfortunately, the studios and general public didn't see it that way.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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