The Doctor's Horrible Experiment (Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier)
The Doctor's Horrible Experiment (Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier) (1959)

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Horror
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An enjoyable and subversive parody on both B-film horror stories from the 1950s and mental health caregivers by legendary French director Jean Renoir.

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Jeremy Heilman

By stressing the universal elements of Stevenson's story, Renoir eradicates the creakiness of the plot, spinning the tale into something that still feels relevant.

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Fernando F. Croce

Picnic on the Grass suggests the harmony between mind and libido, but here Renoir savors the possibilities of the human split

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

The film shifts tones and rhythms almost uncomfortably...

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Doug Cummings

It's the kind of role that can inspire brilliance, and Barrault is remarkable, suggesting a deranged mime who moves in a series of spasms and ticks before breaking into wild, inexplicable violence.

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Shawn Levy

Turns out to be one of the best movie versions of the classic story.

Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
vieras esine
The last half an hour is brilliant. Unfortunately what comes before it is rather dull.
George Matalliotakis
Not one of Renoir's best, but just looking at Jean-Louis Barrault's double performance it is enough!