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Bedlam Reviews

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October 17, 2016
Was there ever a star who played sadistic men with as much relish as Boris Karloff?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 17, 2016
Why the Brits banned this creepily effective Boris Karloff thriller for fifty years is unclear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
September 5, 2009
The feminist-political fable is couched in absorbing grey zones
November 14, 2007
Another strong chiller from brilliant producer Val Lewton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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-
September 30, 2006
Notable only for a nuanced performance by Boris Karloff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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
January 26, 2006
Robson's notably unpoetic direction doesn't help, either; yet few Hollywood films ever had such ambition.
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
November 1, 2004
Creepy doings with Karloff amok in asylum.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 11, 2003
Last gasp in the famed Lewton horrors. Frankly, pretty dull.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
October 9, 2002
Creepy, atmospheric, yet underrated Val Lewton thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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