The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man (1933)

A mysterious stranger, his face swathed in bandages and his eyes obscured by dark spectacles, has taken a room at a cozy inn in the British village of Ipping. Never leaving his quarters, the stranger demands that the staff leave him… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 13, 1933
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Consensus: James Whale's classic The Invisible Man features still-sharp special effects, loads of tension, a goofy sense of humor, and a memorable debut from Claude Rains.

TIME Magazine

In his first cinema role, which must have been easy for him to play since it amounts to very little more than an offstage noise, Claude Rains gives an alarming performance, almost as frightening when he is present as when he is not.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Rains, with his clear, sensitively inflected voice, was lucky: it made him a star.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Blessed with some greatly terrific visual moments.

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Variety Staff

The strangest character yet created by the screen [from the novel by H.G. Wells] roams through The Invisible Man.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It is hardly necessary to dwell upon the performances of the cast beyond saying that they all rise to the demands of their parts. As for the settings, they seem very real, and the direction and acting of the uniformed police force are unusually good.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

One of my favorites, Claude Rains, in the title role. He's only visible at the end, so gaining the audience's favor must have been a challenge using only his voice and plenty of bandages. The invisibility formula drives him insane. Excellent film.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

James Whale's 1933 film plays more like a British folk comedy than a horror movie; it's full of the same deft character twists that made his Bride of Frankenstein a classic.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

The many special effects -- some retouched on film by hand -- are quaint by today's digital standards, but that only makes them all the more fun.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

This is an entertaining movie and even a memorable one, but without a stronger story, I wouldn't refer to it as a masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One: An invisible man can rule the world. Nobody will see him come, nobody will see him go. He can hear every secret. He can rob, and… More
danny d
one of the best of the early universal monster films, the film is full of scientific and philosophical intrigue. there are many iconic images and interesting… More
Spencer S.
MGM and Universal monster movies were undoubtedly popular in the fifteen years or so they were heavily produced and marketed to the public. Some of the greatest… More
KJ Proulx
ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I HAVE EVER SEEN! I am so upset for waiting this long to watch it. This movies shows the true heart of filmmaking, with a brilliant story… More
Alex roy
The Invisible Man based on the novel by H.G Wells is a stunning horror classic that is a benchmark in cinema. A brilliant film that has stunning special… More
Michael Edwards
drags on at a snails pace, has a good sense of humor though ill give it that, but just falls flat and a huge disappointment for an adaption of great book if not… More

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