The Testament of Dr. Mabuse Reviews

March 26, 2009
The story is very long-winded and even an ingenious director like Fritz Lang could not prevent its being rather slow-moving in places.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
By 1932, the character had become rather more than just king villain of the serials: Testament finds him mouthing undisguised Nazi slogans from his asylum prison.
May 9, 2005
It is a hallucinating and horrifying story, depicted with great power and the extraordinary beauty of photography that Lang has led his admirers to expect.
April 24, 2003
The movie captures an air of dread, despair, and individual impotence -- a political atmosphere that meshed perfectly with Lang's raging paranoia.
August 7, 2012
Fritz Lang's suspense masterpiece starts with a kick and then piles on the subterfuge, suspense and terror.
September 5, 2010
[Lang's] ambitious command of the medium...keeps us rooted to our seats from start to finish.
August 22, 2006
Richly inventive crime thriller
April 6, 2006
So while lauded by the wine-swirling art-house set, Lang was a German master whose films -- and there are a lot of them -- also appeal to those of us who rarely use the phrase 'mise en scène' in conversation.
April 6, 2006
If there is a gold standard for DVD production, it was set by Criterion years ago.... the new audio commentary by David Kalat makes this package worth having all on its own.
June 17, 2005
January 25, 2005
Testament is still a great film that provides a perfect summation of Lang's German career.
August 11, 2004
a tour de force for Lang, his last great film before moving on to the United States
July 3, 2004
This absolutely riveting crime film by Fritz Lang demonstrates the height of taut, suspenseful filmmaking.
June 6, 2004
Vivid images and tight storytelling.
May 24, 2004
The most notorious of the [Dr. Mabuse movies], simply because it was the film that helped trigger Lang's flight from Nazi Germany.
May 18, 2004
Too bad it's not much fun to watch
June 15, 2003
Not only the most modern-looking film of 1932, it still looks modern today.
May 24, 2003
This important, controversial work from one of cinema's great early masters is more than a mere museum piece -- it's also spellbinding entertainment.
April 24, 2003
A haunting, suspenseful sequel to the great Fritz Lang's 1922 silent Dr. Mabuse the Gambler.
April 24, 2003
Lang used Mabuse as a symbol for corruption and decadence in Germany's Weimar Republic.