The Leopard Man
The Leopard Man (1943)

The team of director Jacques Tourneur and producer Val Lewton generated this thriller about a string of murders blamed on an escaped leopard. The search for the jungle cat ends in the cat's death--but the murders continue.

Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 8, 1943
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

It's all confusion, in fact too much for an audience to follow.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

epending for much of its effect on a subtle and poetic nudging of the spectator's imagination, the film has a couple of sequences that are truly terrifying.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Comes with one of the cinema's most shocking murder scenes, with barely anything actually shown.

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Time Out

A film for lovers of pools of darkness.

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Fernando F. Croce

The camera's tender scratch, a most graceful vision of a most predatory world

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

While not as challenging or thematically dense as the other Lewton/Tourneur masterworks, there are individual sequences in The Leopard Man that refuse to fade from memory.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Half-baked efforts such as this one provoke little more than a yawn.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film has atmosphere to spare... [but] uses it like a crutch for a story that doesn't work on its own.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Tourneur ... manages to produce RKO's usual heady layer of ominous atmosphere on a minimal budget, but the script's explanation of the attacks ends up letting him down.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
The movie starts out good, but it disappoints in the end.
Anthony Lawrie
Jacques Tourneur and Val Lewton, a match made in heaven! A beautifully lit psychological thriller that influenced a long list of films. Absolute Classic. These… More
Michael Gildea
I thought The Leopard Man was going to be a rehash of Cat People was I was pleasantly disappointed. It's another thriller out of the Val Lewton stable… More
Cindy I
A lesser known, but still pretty good, film from the Val Lewton crew. A leopard escapes in a small town and people start dying, but is the leopard the killer or… More
Tim Salmons
Not quite as good as Cat People. Interesting, but boring for the most part, I felt.
Ken Stachnik
Sweet little suspense film about a killer panther...or a man who kills like a panther...or is a panther...they never really say