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The Doctor's Horrible Experiment (Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier)

The Doctor's Horrible Experiment (Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier) (1959)

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (0) | DVD (1)

An enjoyable and subversive parody on both B-film horror stories from the 1950s and mental health caregivers by legendary French director Jean Renoir.

January 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Picnic on the Grass suggests the harmony between mind and libido, but here Renoir savors the possibilities of the human split

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

It's the kind of role that can inspire brilliance, and Barrault is remarkable, suggesting a deranged mime who moves in a series of spasms and ticks before breaking into wild, inexplicable violence.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmjourney

By stressing the universal elements of Stevenson's story, Renoir eradicates the creakiness of the plot, spinning the tale into something that still feels relevant.

July 28, 2007 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

The film shifts tones and rhythms almost uncomfortably...

April 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

Turns out to be one of the best movie versions of the classic story.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Audience Reviews for The Doctor's Horrible Experiment (Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier)

The last half an hour is brilliant. Unfortunately what comes before it is rather dull.
August 11, 2009
vierasesine

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Not one of Renoir's best, but just looking at Jean-Louis Barrault's double performance it is enough!
December 9, 2011
George Matalliotakis

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