Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit) (Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime)
Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit) (Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime) (1922)

Dr. Marbuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) is a crafty gambler who resorts to hypnosis to get his rival's money in a game of cards. He uses his winnings to invest in the stock market and steal a man's wife from him when he loses a bet.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

Lang's introduction to Mabuse is typical of his early work in being disorganised and erratically paced as a narrative, but shot through with flashes of inspiration.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Visions, sets and even words come alive in Lang's epic

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Uneven but sometimes outstanding film.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Plays like the stream of a not very pleasant consciousness.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though disjointed and poorly paced and the plot makes little sense, there are inspirational moments throughout.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Straightforward enough -- but also unique enough -- to provide an excellent primer to Lang's early work.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

...a bit unwieldy in terms of structure, but it's worth the sit for the eventual flashes of Lang's visual genius.

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Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

One of the silent era's best and most exciting epics, the hyper-modern Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler has scarcely aged a day in nearly ninety years.

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Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

This Mabuse has only pretensions to myth; he's as mortal as they come and Lang's film slowly (very slowly) leads him down a Fibonacci-spiraled path to the one true salvation--insanity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
An ambitious tale that blends crime, mystery and horror. Starring an arch villain who lays in the same snake pit with the likes of Fu Manchu, Svengali,… More
Eric Broome
Fritz Lang's "Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler" is so full of action and suspense that you may forget that it's a silent while watching. And sure,… More
Arash Xak
It's a four hour long silent film but it didn't bore me not even for a second thanks to the great story & Lang's masterful direction, One of… More
Brandon Klaus
I would never, ever, ever, ever, ever watch this again and the fact that I made it through it to begin with is an act of God, but everything from the effects to… More
Stella Dallas
a great silent crime epic from 1922, the original tale of dr. mabuse, brilliant psychoanalyst and criminal mastermind who uses mind control on his victims.… More