The Devil-Doll
The Devil-Doll (1936)

Oscar-winner Lionel Barrymore ("It's a Wonderful Life") stars in this classic horror thriller about a Devil's Island escapee who shrinks murderous slaves and sells them to his victims as dolls. Co-starring Maureen… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1936
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The director, cameraman and art department make the most of it, but the writers' contribution is lacking in originality and seldom is equal to the idea in back of it.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Browning's flat style keeps the action disappointingly in check.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...more of a mystery yarn, a tall-tale if you will, than a horror movie, although it is big on mood and atmosphere.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

Not since The Lost World, King Kong and The Invisible Man have the camera wizards enjoyed such a field day.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

The scares may be dated, but the miniaturised special effects, relying on oversized props, are still enthralling, and the offbeat fantasy atmosphere Browning expertly conjures up is highly unusual.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An enthralling weirdo horror thriller directed by Tod Browning.

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Adrian Turner
Time Out

Browning had made Freaks at MGM, much to Mayer's disgust, and in working out his contract he had to lighten his uniquely dark vision, though the scene of a doll climbing out of a Christmas tree is effectively chilling.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This enjoyable film allows Lionel Barrymore the chance to go the Tootsie route.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Though it might not be the climax to Browning's distinctive career in the genre one might have wished, it's certainly a worthwhile film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Weird, silly movie. I didn't care for it.
Christopher Brown
Great Todd Browning film, the guy truly was a master of horror and the bizarre.
Greg S
A revenge-minded escaped convict lucks into a process for miniaturizing people, then controlling them with his mind. With it's shrunken murdering… More
Antonius Block
Tod Browning's second-to-last film is campy as hell, and ya gotta love Lionel Barrymore in drag exacting revenge on enemies of his using miniaturized… More