The Incredible Shrinking Man
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

The screen's great existential science fiction film, The Incredible Shrinking Man stars Grant Williams in the title role. While catching some rays on his brother's yacht, Scott Carey (Williams) is enveloped by a mysterious dark… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 22, 1957
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
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Variety Staff

Director Jack Arnold works up the chills for maximum effect by the time Williams is down to two inches and the family cat takes after him.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The surreal intensity of outsize objects that loom as the hero shrinks is handled effectively, and the mystical happy ending is a better payoff than one would expect of the genre.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A pretty terrific example of its genre, despite some rather obvious and avoidable flaws of story structure.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A moving, strangely pantheist assertion of what it really means to be alive. A pulp masterpiece.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Williams gives a sensitive portrayal of a man hounded by the media and consigned to a freak's world, whose descent into being and nothingness provides a memorable climax.

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Rob Humanick

Earns its ponderous tone, and the final moments are as fitting as they are unexpected.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Unless a viewer is addicted to freakish ironies, the unlikely spectacle of Mr. Williams losing an inch of height each

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Fernando F. Croce

A case of tangible metamorphosis and spiritual expansion, a unique Jack Arnold mastery

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TV Guide

Notable for its relatively intelligent script, for some imaginatively amusing special effects, and for an existential streak which finally has our (tiny) hero pondering the meaning of existence.

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Phil Hubbs
Not to be confused with the 1981 movie 'The Incredible Shrinking Woman' which was a spin on the original novel 'The Shrinking Man' by… More
Stella Dallas
an excellent film with imaginative old school effects. the shrinking man's trials seem funny at first but by the epic adventure in the basement, i was… More
Matheus Carvalho
The rare sci-fi that is able to overcome its B-movie sensibilities and become an engaging drama and a study of everything from sexism and sexual frustration to… More
Bruce Bruce
This is one that was on Chiller Theater when I was growing up. Typical Sci Fi Movie from the Fifties, A couple are out in a boat when hubby sends the wife below… More
Aj V
Another of my favourite sci-fi movies of the fifties. This movie is great not just because of the cool special effects, the story is fantastic. At first it… More
Pierluigi Puccini
so I finally got to see it again, after so many years when I was just a little kid, the power of this fantastic movie is even stronger than what I remember.… More