Spellbound Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
One of the director's most laughably dated films.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 2, 2001
A syrupy serving of Freudian analysis that looks tempting but tastes of too much superego, id, and subconscious jive to be taken seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 21, 2015
...a rare misfire within Hitch's otherwise solid body of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 10, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 26, 2002
an incessantly talky film, with every significant action being explained in long-winded speeches about guilt and repression
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 28, 2012
I don't agree with her much, but Pauline Kael was right about this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 2, 2004
Second-tier Hitchcock, notable mainly for Salvador Dali's hallucinogenic landscapes.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
October 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 4, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 13, 2009
It has a lot of great stuff, not least of which is the odd dream sequence, designed by none other than Salvador Dali.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 9, 2002
Spellbound lands as one of Hitchcock's classics but it's far from his best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
August 24, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 3, 2002
It sounds utterly schematic, but this top-notch production redeems the majority of the clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 6, 2012
Made in an age when master shots often became a standard scene style, Hitchcock shows some real thought behind his composition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 16, 2012
It may not be first-rank Hitchcock, but even second-tier Hitchcock is better than what most other directors produce.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 22, 2002
once again Hitchcock's camera is the star of the film, elevating its status
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
All in all, Spellbound is more than solid, although still overrated psychological thriller. Its true importance lies not in its quality, but in the roads Hitchcock paved for future filmmakers in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 22, 2006
Uneven film, with fascinating dream images.
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
July 23, 2003
For fans of Hitchcock, it will be obvious that this isn't one of his best, but, as always, the atmosphere of suspense and mystery that he creates makes the film worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
David Boyd
Senses of Cinema
November 16, 2002
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