The Mask of Fu Manchu
The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

Boris Karloff stars as the villainous Dr. Fu Manchu in this wild and wooly -- and wildly racist -- adventure yarn, based on Sax Rohmer's fiction about the personification of the "yellow peril." Sir Nayland Smith (Lewis Stone)… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1932
DVD Release Date: September 30, 1992
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Boris Karloff portrays the evil warlord with the right mix of menace and playfulness.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the film is filled with high camp, Karloff in droopy mustache and long, curled fingernails and Loy in slinky gown and dangly headdress.

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Steve Biodrowski

This is a creaky but entertaining relic from the early sound era. Basically an adventure edges into the horror category thanks to the fiendish torture devices used by the Oriental criminal mastermind - and his sadistic daughter.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A classic with a towering performance by Karloff as Fu Manchu. Only the movie's overt racism can be a mark against it today.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An entertaining but politically incorrect hokum escapist adventure story.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There's no such thing as a really good Fu Manchu film, but Charles Brabin's The Mask of Fu Manchu is probably as close as one comes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
If you can put aside the wild racism of the time this is an okay pre-code adventure with the male lead being sexually objectify for a change. This was during… More
Brandon Siddall
So I have a list that I am going off of and this was on there as a Horror Movie. Its not really scary, but Boris Karloff turns in a pretty chilling performance… More
Stella Dallas
well i have to say this was really fun but also quite racist. karloff is having a blast here, the costumes and sets are high camp, myrna loy as an oriental… More
Antonius Block
Hokey, campy, and highly entertaining. This movie is a bit more of a thriller along the lines of Indiana Jones than it is a horror film, but there are many… More