The Incredible Shrinking Man
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

The screen's great existential science fiction film, The Incredible Shrinking Man stars Grant Williams in the title role. While catching some rays on his brother's yacht, Scott Carey (Williams) is enveloped by a mysterious dark… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 13, 2008
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A moving, strangely pantheist assertion of what it really means to be alive. A pulp masterpiece.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A pretty terrific example of its genre, despite some rather obvious and avoidable flaws of story structure.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Surprisingly provocative 50's sci-fi that goes beyond the thrilling spider battle

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Unless a viewer is addicted to freakish ironies, the unlikely spectacle of Mr. Williams losing an inch of height each week will become tiresome before Universal has emptied its lab of science-fiction clichés.

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Rob Humanick

Earns its ponderous tone, and the final moments are as fitting as they are unexpected.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A pulp gem.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The surreal intensity of outsize objects that loom as the hero shrinks is handled effectively, and the mystical happy ending is a better payoff than one would expect of the genre.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Notable for its relatively intelligent script, for some imaginatively amusing special effects, and for an existential streak which finally has our (tiny) hero pondering the meaning of existence.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

One of the landmark sci-fi efforts of the 1950s

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Matheus Carvalho
The rare sci-fi that is able to overcome its B-movie sensibilities and become an engaging drama and a study of everything from sexism and sexual frustration to… More
Anthony Lawrie
Such an influential film, Jack Arnold at his best and a truly wonderful sci-fi classic. The last scene is so haunting and totally unexpected and the special… More
Aj V
Another of my favourite sci-fi movies of the fifties. This movie is great not just because of the cool special effects, the story is fantastic. At first it… More
Bruce Bruce
This is one that was on Chiller Theater when I was growing up. Typical Sci Fi Movie from the Fifties, A couple are out in a boat when hubby sends the wife below… More
Stella Dallas
an excellent film with imaginative old school effects. the shrinking man's trials seem funny at first but by the epic adventure in the basement, i was… More
Pierluigi Puccini
so I finally got to see it again, after so many years when I was just a little kid, the power of this fantastic movie is even stronger than what I remember.… More