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The Devil-Doll Reviews

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Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 18, 2016
The scares may be dated, but the miniaturised special effects, relying on oversized props, are still enthralling, and the offbeat fantasy atmosphere Browning expertly conjures up is highly unusual.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 17, 2016
This enjoyable film allows Lionel Barrymore the chance to go the Tootsie route.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 5, 2006
...more of a mystery yarn, a tall-tale if you will, than a horror movie, although it is big on mood and atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
August 8, 2006
Not since The Lost World, King Kong and The Invisible Man have the camera wizards enjoyed such a field day.
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Adrian Turner
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Browning had made Freaks at MGM, much to Mayer's disgust, and in working out his contract he had to lighten his uniquely dark vision, though the scene of a doll climbing out of a Christmas tree is effectively chilling.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 8, 2005
An enthralling weirdo horror thriller directed by Tod Browning.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003
Though it might not be the climax to Browning's distinctive career in the genre one might have wished, it's certainly a worthwhile film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2003
Although the film slows down into the second half, Browning, his leading man Barrymore and the MGM effects department surpass themselves with this bizarre, thoroughly entertaining tale of revenge and shrunken people.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Seriously creepy.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
One of Browning's more bizarre and enjoyable entries.
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
October 3, 2002
While The Devil-Doll is no Freaks, director Tod Browning, in his second-to-last film, adds a sinister edge to what is basically a morality play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
The director, cameraman and art department make the most of it, but the writers' contribution is lacking in originality and seldom is equal to the idea in back of it.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 3, 2002
Browning's flat style keeps the action disappointingly in check.
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