Freaks (1932)

The genesis of MGM's Freaks was a magazine piece by Ted Robbins titled Spurs. The story involved a terrible revenge enacted by a mean-spirited circus midget upon his normal-sized wife. In adapting Spurs for the screen, writers Willis… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 10, 2004
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Time has been kind to this horror legend: Freaks manages to frighten, shock, and even touch viewers in ways that contemporary viewers missed.

Variety Staff

Freaks is sumptuously produced, admirably directed, and no cost was spared. But Metro failed to realize that even with a different sort of offering the story still is important.

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New York Times

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer definitely has on its hands a picture that is out of the ordinary.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] In spite of the tremendous success he enjoyed with "Dracula" in 1931, Tod Browning's directorial career was effectively ruined after he made "Freaks" the following year.

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TIME Magazine

Director Tod Browning, one of the few truly individual directors in the U. S., is a specialist in horror.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It has now achieved deserved recognition as a masterpiece.

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Total Film

Firmly out of its tree from start to finish, the campy performances and bonkers dialogue make for plenty of cherishably deranged moments.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

If the heart of the horror movie is the annihilating Other, the Other has never appeared with more vividness, teasing sympathy, and terror than in this 1932 film by Tod Browning.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A masterpiece of the horror mold, and one that warrants a loyal audience.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

To the horror movie, a genre he helped create, he brought a taste for Victorian melodrama and an understanding, which he must have gained in the circus, for the isolated lives of weird and deformed outsiders.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Classic horror director Tod Browning's Freaks is a benchmark horror picture that has been praised for being a truly unique horror film. The controversy… More
Graham Jones
A very odd film that forces everyone who sees it to confront their prejudices.
Spencer S.
A pre-code horror film from legendary director Tod Browning, Freaks lives on in infamy for its perverse message, timeless lines, and use of circus sideshow… More
Antony Stubbs
A cracker, shame it's so scissored (down to only an hour). But what's left is perfecto, a movie that couldn't me made today (or if it was,… More
AJ Verser
This is a very cool movie. It has real people from circuses and a great story. The mixture of authenticity and a fantastic story makes for such a great movie.
Tim Salmons
A magnificent piece of cult celluloid. I love this film. I love the controversy surrounding it...I love the fact that Tod Browning used real freaks of nature… More