Dr. Cyclops
Dr. Cyclops (1940)

In this film, the evil Dr. Thorkel (Albert Dekker) has developed a way to shrink people to a minuscule size and sets about inflicting his experiments on everyone he can find.

Rated: G
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Release Date: April 12, 1940
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Story and direction both fail to catch and hold interest.

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Kieron Moore

The story and characterisation is where this movie falls apart, even given the fact that you know from the start it's going to be schlocky.

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TV Guide

It all looks so familiar now, but by placing the film in its historical perspective--novel special effects, Technicolor, and the directorial pull of Schoedsack--one can understand its sensational attraction at its time.

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B.R. Crisler
New York Times

Dr. Cyclops is the best bad picture of the year, an epic of silliness, and, more than that, a triumph of the process screen and the department of trick effects all combined very tastefully with Technicolor.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

The standard plot now looks hackneyed, and the cueball-headed Dekker is stereotypically crazy. However, the impressive array of oversize props make this a lot of fun to watch.

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Fernando F. Croce

In Ernest B. Schoedsack's fantasy of characters at the mercy of high and low camera angles, every other shot is a pulp poem

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Tom Milne
Time Out

An engaging fantasy with brilliantly executed (though mostly rather unimaginative) special effects which look back to The Devil Doll and forward to The Incredible Shrinking Man.

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Beautifully crafted trash that should appeal to all lovers of sci-fi, horror and cult cinema.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Albert Dekker is marvelous as the eccentric biologist.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Another film from the ultimate Sci Fi Collection. This is about a film where a Doctor is using uranium to miniaturizes things, The miniature horse is pretty… More
Anthony Valletta
If you have nothing better to do, this might fill your time.
Aj V
This movie feels like a 50s B movie, and it's pretty much the same story as the late 50s movie, Attack of the Puppet People, but Dr. Cyclops got there… More
Randy Tippy
Dr. Alexander Thorkel has discovered a way to use radiation to shrink pigs, horses and other assorted animals to a fraction of their former size. Obsessed with… More