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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Kelvin Thompson's rating of the film Waxworks

    I can see why the story about the caliph brought this one down. It's about three people who defy basic emotional realism and never receive comeuppance for their terrible actions. The latter two are fine; I actually really like the hourglass metaphor that comes into play. The czar hems and haws about being greater than time and winds up a slave to it. I think it's a fine film taken altogether, but not a classic.

  2. SpacePirate's rating of the film Waxworks

    A mess to be honest. Even Emil Jannings couldnt elevate this one to classic status, although to be fair he is given probably the worst of the three stories to work with. One has to appreciate this however, as it gave Fairbanks the idea for the amazing Thief of Baghdad. Veidt is good as Ivan, and I am apparently one of the few who didnt care for the last story. A real uneven film, with best parts stuck in the middle

  3. Log Lady's rating of the film Waxworks

    If only the whole film would have been like that last segment. It shines with its beautiful imagery and inventiveness, but the first story especially dragged down the whole thing. It was just clichéd and generally uninteresting.

  4. AKFilmFan's rating of the film Waxworks

    An anthology film that unfortunately gets better (and shorter) with each segment. The Caliph segment drags along w/ cliche, horrible dialogue, & weak story. The Ivan the Terrible segment is solid w/ Veidt's performance carrying the entire thing. The final part, about Spring Heeled Jack/ Jack the Ripper is an effective expressionistic nightmare that's very short but gives the film some much needed energy.

  5. Amadeus Magnus's rating of the film Waxworks

    An early anthology film with three historical fantasies. Third person is Spring-Heeled Jack. Not Jack the Ripper.

  6. Lefteris Becerra's rating of the film Waxworks

    el episodio más breve, el de jack the ripper, se lleva la película. los decorados son estupendos y el sentido del cuadro que tiene leni, lo coloca en un lugar destacado. por lo que toca a la narración en sí, no es su fuerte, se queda uno con la impresión de que no explota al máximo el potencial de su instinto estético, una lástima. además, el reparto es una especie de expressionism all stars