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The Spiral Staircase Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Thought-provoking and disturbing, this masterly thriller is directed with touches of sheer genius by Robert Siodmak.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
August 9, 2007
Complex thriller with rich style.
February 9, 2006
It's one of the undoubted masterpieces of the Gothic mode.
June 26, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2004
The radiant heroine performance by Dorothy McGuire as a terrified mute, who conveys her inner thoughts without dialogue, was priceless.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Not one thriller convention has been neglected in a picture that is virtually guaranteed to suffuse audiences with gooseflesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
One of the true gems of classic Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 17, 2016
This 1946 film is one of [Siodmak's] least interesting.
June 1, 2007
...the majority of the film's running time [is] bogged down in the dull exploits of several uninteresting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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