The Man Who Laughs (1928)

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  • RT Rating 100%
  • IMDB Rating 7.8

Critic Reviews:

There’re some odd plot contrivances that range from implausible to ridiculous, and though they’re kept to a minimum overall, they do land oddly when they appear. That said, The Man Who Laughs is a character driven film, and the character work is pretty much flawless. Keep a respectful distance from the details and appreciate the piece as a whole and you’ll see why this movie absolutely refuses to be forgotten.


The Man Who Laughs is best known today as the inspiration for the look of Batman antagonist The Joker. The expressionist stylings have even made their way into that universe... The make-up is directly referenced in the 2019 movie Joker. It is something of a mixed legacy for a film to be more famous for that which it influenced than its own qualities, but The Man Who Laughs being such a key pop-cultural bellwether does not denigrate a work that has outlasted most of its peers; one that is presented here with a fine, respectful release.


The Man Who Laughs is one of the easiest 5/5’s i have given, at just under 2 hours is flies by and is one of the easier silent films to follow... I loved this film and it will get multiple, multiple watches. I would recommend this to anyone who loves film and specially the silent era or someone looking to get into the era.