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Spellbound Reviews

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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
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
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
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 25, 2012
A commercial and critical hit in its day, this Best Picture Oscar nominee has seen its standing slip in the ensuing decades, as it's never mentioned on any list of Alfred Hitchcock's best works. That's a shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 22, 2006
Uneven film, with fascinating dream images.
Emanuel Levy
June 6, 2005
One of Hollywood's most explicit films about psychoanalysis, Spellbound takes a dubious and contrived approach to the subject, but the stars (Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck)shine and their love story is enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
One of the director's most laughably dated films.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 9, 2004
Severely dated but supremely entertaining psychological thriller
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
June 29, 2004
Stylish psychodrama
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 2, 2004
Second-tier Hitchcock, notable mainly for Salvador Dali's hallucinogenic landscapes.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 10, 2003
Mid-range Hitchcock thriller with standout dream sequence.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 74/100
Christopher Null
October 9, 2002
Spellbound lands as one of Hitchcock's classics but it's far from his best work.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
September 14, 2002
The pat psychoanalytic answers seem all too easy by today's standards, but that really doesn't take away from enjoyment of this classic film.
| Original Score: 79/100
Jeremy Heilman
June 3, 2002
It sounds utterly schematic, but this top-notch production redeems the majority of the clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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+
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