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The Incredible Shrinking Man Reviews

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Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 20, 2016
Williams gives a sensitive portrayal of a man hounded by the media and consigned to a freak's world, whose descent into being and nothingness provides a memorable climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 29, 2015
A case of tangible metamorphosis and spiritual expansion, a unique Jack Arnold mastery
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 25, 2015
A pretty terrific example of its genre, despite some rather obvious and avoidable flaws of story structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Humanick
October 28, 2011
Earns its ponderous tone, and the final moments are as fitting as they are unexpected.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Director Jack Arnold works up the chills for maximum effect by the time Williams is down to two inches and the family cat takes after him.

TV Guide
June 6, 2007
Notable for its relatively intelligent script, for some imaginatively amusing special effects, and for an existential streak which finally has our (tiny) hero pondering the meaning of existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 6, 2007
Surprisingly provocative 50's sci-fi that goes beyond the thrilling spider battle
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A moving, strangely pantheist assertion of what it really means to be alive. A pulp masterpiece.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 4, 2006
A pulp gem.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 22, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 3, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
October 1, 2004
One of the landmark sci-fi efforts of the 1950s
| Original Score: 5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
June 26, 2003
One of the best s-f flicks of the 1950s. A tragic story that is exciting and touching.
| Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2003
Sparse direction allows the tension to build naturally so that the terror and poignancy of the story work their way into the audience's brain without being forced. A total classic.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
Clever, but pretentious
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
All-time sci-fi classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
The special effects and trick photography are cleverly done (for its time). Also, the story is intelligently handled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The surreal intensity of outsize objects that loom as the hero shrinks is handled effectively, and the mystical happy ending is a better payoff than one would expect of the genre.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Unless a viewer is addicted to freakish ironies, the unlikely spectacle of Mr. Williams losing an inch of height each
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