The Shadow
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"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 Shadow's alter-ego is the gentle, wealthy Lamont Cranston. The film begins by explaining how the Shadow got his powers. It began in a Tibetan temple centuries ago. His nemesis was Shiwan Khan a descendant of Genghis Khan. Now in the present the Shadow stalks the night street avenging crimes. His life is disrupted when Shiwan Khan comes to the 20th… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie has all the coherence of a bad acid flashback."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"A pleasant, eye-pleasing movie."
‑ Jack Yeovil, Empire Magazine
"A triumph of special effects over story (and the effects are now totally dated)."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It offers a diverting, nostalgic retreat to the innocent days when crime fighting was a pleasant, rich man's hobby."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Very underrated and incredibly entertaining..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"What's on the screen is so tired by now that you've seen it before even if this is your introduction to the Shadow."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Not a bad comic movie. I still think Baldwin would have made a great Batman."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"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."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"This thing is all packaging and no content, or, dare I say it, all shadow and no substance."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"It's an entertainment that deserved to have become the first of a series."
‑ , Film4
"Polished to a high surface gloss, but nothing lurks beneath; nothing at all."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"chaotic and dull"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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