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The Invisible Woman Reviews

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½ September 6, 2017
goofy could have been worse
October 28, 2015
Well, I think it was intended to be a comedy but perhaps the 1940s era humor is lost on me. Or rather, it just isn't very funny. John Barrymore is at his broadest as the goofy scientist who invents an invisibility machine and then tries it on Virginia Bruce, a model who wants to scare her boss. There are the usual gags about having to be naked while invisible and then there are the other gags about having to be naked while invisible. Then Shemp shows up with a few other bad guys who steal the invisibility machine for Oskar Homolka who wants to sneak back into the US from Mexico (after fleeing the law). Thankfully, it is mercifully short. Somehow I thought I was going to be watching a sequel to the 1933 Claude Rains horror film. Might work better as the B picture in a double feature for a nickel.
½ April 27, 2015
It's different from The Invisible Man, more of a comedic sci-fi than a dark horror story, but it's still fun and full of entertaining effects. The story is thin and not too remarkable, but it has enough laughs to keep it going.
November 9, 2014
Instead of continuing the horror genre of the previous two films, the producers on this entry in the "Invisible Man" decided to go completely over the top slapstick comedy. It isn't particularly good either. The fast talking wordplay isn't all that sharp, and the prat falls are just plain unfunny. Essentially this one features a female turn translucent person...and it mostly happens for plenty of objects to move around in "invisible" gags...which is ultimately not to entertaining. The special effects are awful this go around too. It does, however, feature both the Wicked Witch of the West AND Shemp. So there's that.
Super Reviewer
½ November 5, 2014
Unsuccessfully working off of just the comedy end of Whales successful horror-comedy quotient, The Invisible Woman makes a mockery of H.G. Wells source material and the superior films that came before it. Played for laughs that never come, the story of a model volunteering for a test-run of an invisibility machine creates science friction for all involved, which sadly includes some screen legends in thankless roles.

In this unrated continuation of the Universal series, an attractive model with an ulterior motive (Bruce) volunteers as guinea pig for an invisibility machine.

Eddie Sutherland, a director known for working with some legendary Golden Age HWood comedians as W.C. Fields (Mississippi), Laurel & Hardy (Flying Deuces), and Abbott & Costello (A Night in the Tropics), takes the place behind the camera. Even to the end that you consider this a distraction more than a sequel, however, the bits and humor prove negligible. Worse, John Barrymore and Peter Lorre probably wished that they remained invisible in the finished product.

Bottom line: Hollow Mange
Super Reviewer
½ October 1, 2012
Less than a year after The Invisible Man Returns was released, this entry in the series was released. It is the one that seems to fit the least in the Invisible Man movie sequels. It couldn't be more different, and yet, Curt Siodmak contributed to the story of this one as well. There is hardly anything resembling a horror movie here. It is a sci-fi concept and there is a romance mixed in, but it is more of a screwball comedy than anything.

John Barrymore plays a funny old inventor who uses a chemical combined this time with an electrical contraption to turn people invisible. He won't use it on himself and so he puts out a classified ad for a volunteer. He gets Virginia Bruce as Kitty, who really only wants to teach her boss at the fashion house, where she models, a lesson. Howard is a rich guy funding the professor's experiments. He provides the obvious romantic interest for the invisible woman. Ruggles plays a butler who is overly excitable and does dozens of double takes and prat falls through the movie. Homolka plays a gangster (supposedly) from Mexico who wants to steal the professor's invention. His henchmen are Brophy, MacBride, and Shemp Howard. Yes, of course, that means even more slapstick routines. Margaret Hamilton, a year after The Wizard of Oz, plays the professor's frazzled assistant. She doesn't have much screen time and is only mediocre in a supporting role that is barely developed. So, there's no connection to the Griffin family in this one, and it turns out alcohol brings on the invisibility at the most opportune or inopportune moments. It is funny at times, but the ending jumps ahead with a punchline out of left field.
½ March 10, 2012
This was a pretty decent film, but not nearly as good as the Invisible Man series. The Invisible Woman isn't psychotic like The Invisible Man was, but she does push the buttons to get people to notice her, even though no one can see her.
February 3, 2012
clearly both barrymore and universal were just lookin 4 some pay checks
Super Reviewer
October 19, 2011
This is the worst in the series so far. The Invisible Woman suffers from a mediocre script, a new interesting idea, of which the screenwriters knew nothing of how to turn it into a good film and frankly this film was not as good as The Invisible Man Returns, which is the best sequel to the classic horror film. The Invisible Woman is very light on content with nothing really interesting to grab the viewers interest. The cast are frankly silly here and I think that they could've done a much better job at delivering a third entry to this franchise. Though the film is the worst in the series, the special effects are great. The story has been stripped of any horror elements, with only a small hint that this is sequel to a horror film. The film has romantic elements thrown in, but this isn't Casablanca, and I felt that it really didn't work. The film could have been good, but the screenwriters really don't know where to go with the story. I think it's a shame, because the first two films were terrific, well acted with engaging storylines. The only thing that this film has going for it, is special effects, which are wonderful. Unfortunately that's not enough to redeem such a tired film. The Invisible Woman plays out like a romance film in the end, and the film just doesn't cut it as a horror film. I think it's a shame because the screenwriters thought of a new concept for the series, but they just didn't know how to properly build on the idea.
½ June 6, 2011
"Call the airport!" "The AIRPORT!" "On the phone!" A very silly entry into the Invisible man Collection this film is a comedy no doubt it is really funny! but the story is just really bad it takes away a lot from all they told us in the first 2 invisible man films the acting is okay but the ending is terrible this film is really funny but nothing much else it kinda ruins the first 2 films by messing with the story this whole Invisible Woman Trial in my mind did not go so well they should go back to the Invisible Man instead she also does not go mad which most of the Invisible people do and I did not like that overall this is an okay film just under the line of okay very funny I would not suggest it I say skip it and move on to the next follow up...The Invisible Agent
½ May 13, 2011
I wasn't totally blown away by this picture, but it still holds as a moderately interesting watch. I wasn't aware it was a comedy before watching as I thought it was more Invisible Man type scenarios, but they just used a new light on a similar concept... In a silly way! It is decent, but it wasn't some brilliant landmark movie.
½ May 2, 2011
Pretty funny, was not expecting that
April 7, 2011
Aside from similar special effects, this has nothing in common with the rest of the series. And sadly, the comedy is weak at best.
½ March 5, 2011
Less than a year after "The Invisible Man Returns" Universal pumped out this third entry to give the fair sex an opportunity to become transparent. "Fair" isn't a great word to describe this film however as Universal opts this time to load on the comedy elements making this as much a comedy as a science fiction film. What the hell is this? You give a women the lead title and decide to treat it as a comedy? How dare you Universal for spitting on James Whales wonderful original!

Not surprisingly there isn't any plot or character connections to the previous two films (perhaps for the better since this film plays more off like a comedy). We have a rich playboy who loses his fortune to women so he is depending on his top scientist to come up with a creation to make him rich again. Thanks to his "Frankenstein" lob props he is able to perfect the art of invisibility but he needs a person to try it on. In comes Kitty Carroll, a pretty model who volunteers for the experiment in order to get revenge on her verbally abusive boss. Lots of hijinks occurs as our invisible women helps defeat some mob members hell bent on getting their hands on the experiment while at the same time falling in love with our playboy lead.

Due to having a women in the lead role they decide to ante up the sex appeal by having sexy silhouettes of our curvaceous actress and even having her parade around partial dressed while invisible. I'm all for sex appeal but this mixed in with the forced comic humor just insults the greatness of the original film. Why did Universal opt for this approach? They could have easily taken a much more serious route with a woman in the lead role and done it successfully. Did they do this for fearing at the time people wouldn't take a film about an invisible person of the opposite sex seriously? Perhaps at the time but it just saddens me to think how good this film could have been with a slightly different approach.

"The Invisible Woman" isn't a terrible film but it is predicable with its plot which is just an excuse to see what awkward situations our invisible woman can get into. I would have much preferred a much more serious approach to the subject matter and audiences must have agreed at the time as Universal would get the series back on the more serious track with the next entry "Invisible Agent."
November 26, 2010
Made in 1940,a Universal Release,a model volunteers herself to become invisible in a scientist's experiment,she plays tricks on her enemies but then three crooks get involved who want to steal the Invisibility machine,This is totally unrelated to Universal's Invisible Man films,and its also very different in tone,where as them films were fairly dark,this film is very light in tone and ends up as a Campish Silly Comedy,its is entertaining nevertheless and the special effects still impress.Silly but good fun.
October 24, 2010
a campy third film in the invisible man series
July 12, 2010
Definately not up to par with it's prequels, but it still manages to entertain.
June 21, 2010
Kurt Siodmak and Joe May are known for their 1930s and 1940s writing, but this 1940 film is a slapstick comedy taking of the Invisible Man story. 1930s comedy I find very funny. But once it got to WWII, the jokes were tamer, and the humor wasn't all that funny. The Invisible Woman is is mostly silly comedy, but it barely holds up today, sadly. Although it is one of the better surprises in the "Invisible Man" series.

A wealthy playboy funds an eccentric scientist, who has created an invisibility machine. When a fashion model who is irritated by her job comes in as the test subject, her intentions are not for science, but of kicking her boss right in the pants! Hahaha!
½ May 23, 2010
Campy and would have been great in the 50's with the campy vibe.
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