Even Dwarfs Started Small (Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen)
Even Dwarfs Started Small (Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen) (1970)

Even viewers who've seen Freaks won't be completely prepared for Werner Herzog's bizarre Even Dwarfs Started Small. The film is set in a dismal mental institution, wherein dwell several midgets, dwarfs and other… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: September 16, 1970
DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Even Dwarfs Started Small eventually is indistinguishable from its Germanic, side-show spectacle, as if it were a movie that had been conceived by the same kind of perverse, uninvolved intelligence that had created the world of the film.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Patient and unrelenting, Herzog stages a total deterioration of narrative logic and social norms, as emblematized by a crucified monkey and a cannibalizing chicken.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Not a vicious denial of the legitimacy of revolt (as too many critics have charged) but a bitter lament over the disservice revolutionaries do their revolutions.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

There are few films in the director's portfolio as beautifully shot, scored, and composed as this one.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Gobsmackingly good. A great and terrible film.

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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Weirdest movie ever.

Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Residents of an institution escape and wreck the grounds with childlike acts of vandalism and petty cruelty. The entire cast is composed of dwarfs. Almost… More
Lesley N
A boring watch even though the title looked oh-so-promising. Also, after seeing great three-dimensional acting like Peter Dinklage in The Station Agent, Jordan… More
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Disturbing. Oh, the poor piglets trying desperately to suckle on their mother's teats after it was already dead. Hombre has the most memorable laughter… More
Marcus Woolcott
Only a mad German could make a film about anarchic dwarfs. It's not a comfortable watch either, and has a nasty, macabre element. There's also cruelty… More
Eric Broome
This film is terribly difficult to rate. Proclaim it genius or garbage -- I'm content to accept either verdict. For me, the bottom line became asking… More