The Shadow
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A crime fighter created in the 1930s and popularized in movies, pulp novels, and a radio show starring a young Orson Welles, The Shadow came back to life in 1994 in this slick, well-cast production. Alec Baldwin stars as Lamont Cranston, a murderous opium dealer reformed by a Tibetan mystic, who teaches him how to use his keen mental powers to manipulate others. As penance for his past misdeeds, Cranston masquerades as a degenerate New York City playboy by day and secretly plays the heroic Shadow by night, staving off evildoers with a network of agents and a cab-driving sidekick (Peter Boyle).… 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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