The Spiral Staircase Reviews

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June 3, 2019
A haunted house tale where the ghosts are all too human.
October 17, 2016
This is a smooth production of an obvious, though suspenseful murder thriller, ably acted and directed. Mood and pace are well set, and story grips throughout.
October 17, 2016
Although its whodunnit aspect is weak, the strong camera angles and cast performance make this a fine film.
Top Critic
October 17, 2016
The Spiral Staircase, a murder mystery, knowingly paced by Director Robert Siodmak and shrewdly acted by an expert cast, including Ethel Barrymore, is choice, eerie entertainment.
October 17, 2016
This 1946 film is one of [Siodmak's] least interesting.
October 17, 2016
Thought-provoking and disturbing, this masterly thriller is directed with touches of sheer genius by Robert Siodmak.
February 23, 2010
This dated old chestnut definitely wouldn't hold up as-is for today's audiences, but for fans of classic cinema it's well worth a look.
September 25, 2009
Erected on expressionistic Gothic menace
March 16, 2009
Psychological drama has its share of chills; led by Dorothy McGuire standout.
August 9, 2007
Complex thriller with rich style.
June 1, 2007
...the majority of the film's running time [is] bogged down in the dull exploits of several uninteresting characters.
February 9, 2006
It's one of the undoubted masterpieces of the Gothic mode.
June 26, 2005
January 16, 2004
The radiant heroine performance by Dorothy McGuire as a terrified mute, who conveys her inner thoughts without dialogue, was priceless.
November 18, 2003
Dorothy McGuire does a fair job as the mute could-be-next victim, but overall the thrill of Spiral is largely gone.
August 22, 2003
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May 24, 2003
A delicious freakshow of neurosis, shock, suspense and cranked-up character-acting.
May 20, 2003
The film is likely to scare the daylights out of most of its audiences.
November 6, 2002
Great period noir from Robert Siodmak.
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