The Man Who Laughs
The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Released with sound effects and a music score that included the song "When Love Comes Smiling" by Walter Hirsch, Lew Pollack and Erno Rapee, Paul Leni's near masterpiece remains one of the silent era's last great romantic… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 30, 2003
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TIME Magazine

The Man Who Laughs is a truly great, a devastatingly beautiful film.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

This production has been fashioned with considerable skill. It is, of course, a gruesome tale in which the horror is possibly moderated but none the less disturbing.

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Jake Euker
Filmcritic.com

Poised between the great German horror that preceded it and the great Universal horror that followed, it is, for genre fans, an inviting and necessary stop.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

As usual in Hugo, love is measured in sacrifice, yielding a sincere and extravagant sense of romance.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the final treasures of German silent Expressionism.

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David Sanjek
PopMatters

The Man Who Laughs demonstrates that, however much we gained with sound, we lost opportunities that arise when storytelling prioritizes vision.

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Time Out

Baclanova is amusing as a decadent duchess, but it's Leni's pictorial genius -- aided here by what must have been an enormous budget -- that marks the film as one of the most exhilarating of late silent cinema.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Truly amazing.

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Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

While this is a flawed film, it boasts some of the most impressive acting of the silent era. It certainly has sharpened my interest in Veidt.

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AJ Verser
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Stella Dallas
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Morgan Salem
spectacular movie!! Its not so much a horror movie as it is a romance. I ador Conrad Veidt and Mary Philbin. They are both great!!
Luke Baldock
Despite that garish poster that makes this look like a horror, this is actually a romance. It's a sweet piece of silent cinema that uses it's visuals… More