The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

In this sequel to Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler, the mad Dr. Mabuse is imprisoned in an insane asylum, yet he continues to run his crime empire. In his cell, he plots the world's destruction. After the mad doctor dies, the asylum's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1933
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The story is very long-winded and even an ingenious director like Fritz Lang could not prevent its being rather slow-moving in places.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The movie captures an air of dread, despair, and individual impotence -- a political atmosphere that meshed perfectly with Lang's raging paranoia.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Richly inventive crime thriller

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Time Out

By 1932, the character had become rather more than just king villain of the serials: Testament finds him mouthing undisguised Nazi slogans from his asylum prison.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Fritz Lang's suspense masterpiece starts with a kick and then piles on the subterfuge, suspense and terror.

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Mark Bourne

So while lauded by the wine-swirling art-house set, Lang was a German master whose films -- and there are a lot of them -- also appeal to those of us who rarely use the phrase 'mise en scène' in conversation.

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Herbert L. Matthews
New York Times

It is a hallucinating and horrifying story, depicted with great power and the extraordinary beauty of photography that Lang has led his admirers to expect.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

[Lang's] ambitious command of the medium...keeps us rooted to our seats from start to finish.

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Michael Koller
Senses of Cinema

Testament is still a great film that provides a perfect summation of Lang's German career.

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Carlos Magalhães
Despite pacing issues, a confusing ending and how we are usually too many steps ahead of the characters, it isn't hard to understand why the Third Reich,… More
Veronique Kwak
"the testament of dr. mabuse" is fritz lang's perverse thriller upon mental hypnotization as manipulative apparatus of evil saboteurs. dr.… More
Randy Tippy
In spite of the efforts of men like Johannes Schultz and Gustave Le Bon, hypnosis was often viewed as something supernatural or other-worldly well into the… More
Ken Stachnik
Great psychological crime drama from the master Fritz Lang
Daniel Perry
Fritz Lang always makes such an interesting study, and despite having not seen the rest of the series, I really enjoyed this film. Lang's oeuvre is a… More
Stella Dallas
cool early german crime thriller expressing the common theme of man's anxiety in the industrial age. very good special effects for 1933! mabuse reminds… More