Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit) (Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime)
Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit) (Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime) (1922)

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler is the eight-reel version of Fritz Lang's twenty reeler, two-part silent thriller, Dr. Mabuse. Mabuse (Rudolph Klein-Rogge) a sinister mesmerist/psychiatrist, toys with the weaknesses of the rich and influential.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1922
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The best moments are achieved by the conflict between Mabuse and the attorney, Von Wenk (Bernhard Goetzke), who is trying to uncover him.

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Josh Larsen

...a bit unwieldy in terms of structure, but it's worth the sit for the eventual flashes of Lang's visual genius.

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Jeremy Heilman

One of the silent era's best and most exciting epics, the hyper-modern Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler has scarcely aged a day in nearly ninety years.

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Time Out

Lang's introduction to Mabuse is typical of his early work in being disorganised and erratically paced as a narrative, but shot through with flashes of inspiration.

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Fernando F. Croce

Visions, sets and even words come alive in Lang's epic

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Uneven but sometimes outstanding film.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Plays like the stream of a not very pleasant consciousness.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though disjointed and poorly paced and the plot makes little sense, there are inspirational moments throughout.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Straightforward enough -- but also unique enough -- to provide an excellent primer to Lang's early work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
An ambitious tale that blends crime, mystery and horror. Starring an arch villain who lays in the same snake pit with the likes of Fu Manchu, Svengali,… More
Eric Broome
Fritz Lang's "Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler" is so full of action and suspense that you may forget that it's a silent while watching. And sure,… More
Arash Xak
It's a four hour long silent film but it didn't bore me not even for a second thanks to the great story & Lang's masterful direction, One of… More
Brandon Klaus
I would never, ever, ever, ever, ever watch this again and the fact that I made it through it to begin with is an act of God, but everything from the effects to… More
Stella Dallas
a great silent crime epic from 1922, the original tale of dr. mabuse, brilliant psychoanalyst and criminal mastermind who uses mind control on his victims.… More