Freaks Reviews

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September 29, 2019
Freaks (1932) is a shocking, bizarre and unsettling horror film, but a durable cult favorite. Tod Browning directed the unusual, creepy, and gothic horror film with real-life side-show "freaks" - it was one of his best works...
November 17, 2015
...despite its gruesome conclusion, the movie seems to do everything in its power to create community.
October 15, 2015
Browning locked in some of horror cinema's most indelible images.
September 28, 2015
[Boasts] some of the most terrifying scenes ever consigned to film.
June 18, 2015
With strong performances and a surprising tenderness, Freaks more than deserves its towering reputation.
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.
June 10, 2015
Undoubtedly flawed, Freaks is also admirably bonkers and quite simply unforgettable.
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.
October 28, 2013
A masterpiece of the horror mold, and one that warrants a loyal audience.
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.
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".
Top Critic
October 7, 2008
Director Tod Browning, one of the few truly individual directors in the U. S., is a specialist in horror.
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.
September 24, 2007
Freaks is one of Browning's more consistently fine films, a landmark still worth seeing.
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.
December 23, 2006
Absolutely spine chilling Tod Browning classic horror film. "We will make you one of us." Yike!
Top Critic
August 8, 2006
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer definitely has on its hands a picture that is out of the ordinary.
April 7, 2006
The movie's influences can be found in nearly every conceivable corner of modern film.
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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