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The Penalty Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 16, 2012
Demonstrates the wonder and value of pre-digital moviemmaking: For all intents and purposes, Chaney *is* a legless man in 'The Penalty,' and the film is a documentary record of this impersonation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
May 9, 2007
Famous scene of Chaney straightening twisted legs is real plus.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 16, 2006
Somewhat interesting for historical reasons and for Chaney's memorable performance.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
July 18, 2003
The Penalty is by far one of the greatest unsung achievements of über-legend Lon Chaney
| Original Score: 4/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
November 11, 2002
The reason the film still works instead of surviving merely as a somewhat hysterical anti-communist message film is Lon Chaney's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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