The Incredible Shrinking Man
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The Incredible Shrinking Man
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 cloud. Soon after, he discovers that he's getting thinner -- and smaller. Despite the assuring attitude of his family doctor (the inevitable William Schallert), Scott is losing an inch's worth of height with each passing day. It is finally determined that he has developed an "anti-cancer," a by-product of a new strain of insecticide. By the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A moving, strangely pantheist assertion of what it really means to be alive. A pulp masterpiece."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Earns its ponderous tone, and the final moments are as fitting as they are unexpected."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"A pulp gem."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sparse direction allows the tension to build naturally so that the terror and poignancy of the story work their way into the audience's brain without being forced. A total classic."
‑ , Film4
"The special effects and trick photography are cleverly done (for its time). Also, the story is intelligently handled."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the landmark sci-fi efforts of the 1950s"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Clever, but pretentious"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Surprisingly provocative 50's sci-fi that goes beyond the thrilling spider battle"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"One of the best s-f flicks of the 1950s. A tragic story that is exciting and touching."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"All-time sci-fi classic."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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