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Gaslight (1944)

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Ingrid Bergman won her first of three Oscars for this suspense thriller, crafted with surprising tautness by normally genteel "women's picture" director George Cukor. Bergman stars as Paula Alquist, a late 19th century English singer studying music in Italy. However, Paula abandons her studies because she's fallen in love with dapper, handsome Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer). The couple marries and returns to the U.K. and a home inherited by Paula from her aunt, herself a famous singer, who was

Feb 3, 2004

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This 1944 film is one of the few psychological thrillers that is genuinely psychological, depending on subtle clues -- a gesture, an intonation -- to thought and character.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Patrick Hamilton's London stage melodrama, is given an exciting screen treatment by Arthur Hornblow Jr's excellent production starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Prepare yourselves rather for a lengthy and restless stretch on tenterhooks.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Beautifully filmed in a gloomy, atmospheric black-and-white, Gaslight exhibits all the classic visual elements of '40s film noir.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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It's a bit dated now, but still has much to offer, notably George Cukor's intelligent direction.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

George Cukor conjures up an oppressive atmosphere... But it's not quite enough to cover up the script's yawning gaps in logic.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Boyer nearly steals the picture, aided and abetted by the stunning debut of Angela Lansbury as a hardbitten servant -- only 18, she grabbed the role and chewed it to bits.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Overwrought to contemporary eyes, perhaps, but still troubling and, in its own way, powerful.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Brilliant classic of mind-game suspense.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Classic drama-horror with put upon Bergman and suavely evil Boyer.

December 21, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Soaked in paranoia, Cukor's superb pyschological thriller is a period film noir, just like Hitchcock's The Lodger and Hanover Square, both set in the Edwardian age.

July 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A terrific atmospheric thriller.

December 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gaslight ultimately adds up to very little in the psychological mind-**** department.

February 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Although the 1940 edition rushes to tell its story, the 1944 rendition is content to linger over details of Victorian atmosphere, plush set designs, and spooky noises.

February 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

a moderately entertaining variation on the old gothic thriller

January 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It's not bad, but the original is better.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Effective thriller, but inferior to the British original.

December 1, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Gaslight (1944) (aka The Murder in Thornton Square) is a superb, definitive psychological suspense thriller from director George Cukor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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Audience Reviews for Gaslight

Remakes are often (and righteously) seen as the blight of the film industry but that is not the case here in this elegant reworking of a lean and muscular Brit classic. Hollywood's magic is in hard evidence with better writing, camera work, lighting and sound than the original. And then there is the cast. A woman in a fashionable London townhouse, seemingly alone, cut off, in doubt of her own sanity, wonders if she's ruined what once seemed a happy marriage. Bergman won an Oscar, but everyone brings home the bacon here.
May 9, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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A very Hitchcockian thriller, if not close to the quality of the best movies by Hitchcock or his imitators. The plot (involving a woman who slowly seems to be losing her grip on reality...or is she?) probably was much more effective in 1944, now this kind of thing has been done so many times that it seems painfully transparent from the very beginning. Gaslight isn't a bad movie, but it lacks the timeless quality that makes so many classics as good today (or even better) than they were when they were made.

Kudos to Ingrid Bergman, though, who is mesmerizing in the last half of the movie. She's truly one of the greatest actresses of all time.
April 20, 2011
lewiskendell

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Similar to other suspense movies of the forties, but still a pretty powerful story. I really like this movie.
October 15, 2010
ajv2688

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A superb psychological thriller about a husband who is slowly driving his wife insane (yeah, that never happens...)
August 15, 2010
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