The Shadow
The Shadow (1994)

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?" Of course, it's the Shadow, the popular hero of 1930's radio drama, who comes vividly alive in this action fantasy that features notable set design and special effects. The… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 1, 1998
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44%



Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bringing a classic pulp character to the big screen, The Shadow features impressive visual effects, but the story ultimately fails to strike a memorable chord.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The movie has all the coherence of a bad acid flashback.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Baldwin's low-key performance lacks charisma, Lone alternates between lip-smacking villainy and camp humour, and Miller is chiefly a clothes-horse for a series of slinky '30s frocks.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Despite handsome production values and a crackerjack supporting cast, "The Shadow" remains a temperamental trinket that lacks the temerity to truly explore, as its titular hero would say, what evil truly lurks in the hearts of men.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It has enough of the innocent exoticism and splendor of silent thrillers to suggest a continuity with the past missing from most other movies; all that's required is a capacity to sit back and dream.

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Caryn James
New York Times

It offers a diverting, nostalgic retreat to the innocent days when crime fighting was a pleasant, rich man's hobby.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Very underrated and incredibly entertaining...

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Brian Lowry
Variety

Despite similarities as a vigilante creature of the night, however, the Shadow -- a character that enjoyed its greatest success in radio after being created in pulp novels -- lacks the visceral appeal of Batman and won't strike the same chord.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

This thing is all packaging and no content, or, dare I say it, all shadow and no substance.

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Film4

It's an entertainment that deserved to have become the first of a series.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
In true 30's period style and setting this comicbook/pulp adaptation visually looks awesome and captures the atmosphere of the era perfectly. If you think… More
Nani Vang
"Only the shadow knows...muahahaha" LOL! Wow, I was about 10 when I saw this.
Bruce Bruce
This is actually a pretty good movie. Could stand up and surpass many of the Superhero movie's released in past 3 years. Alec Baldwin does an excellent job… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Tulku: You know what evil lurks in the hearts of men, for you have seen that evil in your own heart. Every man pays a price for redemption; this is yours.… More
Spencer S.
This was one of the weakest exploits to monopolize on the superhero franchise that I have ever seen. Making no attempt to make this film cohesive with the… More
Jason Spencer
This was a pretty good flick and I liked the time period it was set in. The casting was spot on and in the end we were left with a pretty fun flick that will… More

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