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Bedlam Reviews

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David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 17, 2016
Why the Brits banned this creepily effective Boris Karloff thriller for fifty years is unclear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 4, 2012
A weak end to a great career [for producer Val Lewton], but not, in and of itself, a bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 22, 2009
Lewton had something to say. Perhaps inevitably, he found less interesting ways of saying it over the course of nine films in a short four years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 5, 2009
The feminist-political fable is couched in absorbing grey zones

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 14, 2007
Another strong chiller from brilliant producer Val Lewton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 14, 2007
Nicholas Musaraca's excellent cinematography contributes a number of fine effects, and there's a strange and witty aside on the invention of movies.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 31, 2006
As a sociological tract it's right on the money, as a psychological thriller it wanders at times too far away from the money.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
September 30, 2006
Notable only for a nuanced performance by Boris Karloff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
While the film has a tendency to wander into unadulterated Hollywoodisms in spots, it is a generally straight-forward and imaginative estimate of a two-century-old sociological theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 6, 2006
A fine feature in the Val Lewton series for RKO is not so much a horror film, though it does contain one of Karloff's more deliciously sadistic performances.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Robson's notably unpoetic direction doesn't help, either; yet few Hollywood films ever had such ambition.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 6, 2005
One of Val Lewton's final films, this collaboration with Boris Karloff is also one of his most tragically underrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
November 1, 2004
Creepy doings with Karloff amok in asylum.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 11, 2003
Last gasp in the famed Lewton horrors. Frankly, pretty dull.
| Original Score: 3/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
The film's single most resonant image -- that of the grasping arms of the Bedlam inmates straining to reach through the bars of their cells -- has inspired countless other movies.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
October 9, 2002
Creepy, atmospheric, yet underrated Val Lewton thriller.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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