The Cobweb Reviews

  • Jul 05, 2019

    The whole movie is well acted and every scene adds to the loneliness felt by both the patients and the staff at the clinic. Some excellent quotes too.

    The whole movie is well acted and every scene adds to the loneliness felt by both the patients and the staff at the clinic. Some excellent quotes too.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    The Cobweb is a decent film. It is about the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients at an exclusive psychiatric clinic. Richard Widmark and Lauren Bacall give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Vicente Minnelli did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama.

    The Cobweb is a decent film. It is about the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients at an exclusive psychiatric clinic. Richard Widmark and Lauren Bacall give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Vicente Minnelli did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama.

  • Mar 22, 2018

    THE DRAPES! THE DRAPES! Won't someone think of THE DRAPES! Unbelievably cheesy drama about the wild goings on at an upscale mental hospital. Where it's Peyton-Place drama craziness reveals that, yes, the staff are probably crazier then the patients. Richard widmark tries to keep everyone sane, while doctors drink, have affairs, and just chew scenery any way they can. Lauren Bacall is seen taking a step back in almost every scene she's in. And yets, those drapes. Shit. What a movie.

    THE DRAPES! THE DRAPES! Won't someone think of THE DRAPES! Unbelievably cheesy drama about the wild goings on at an upscale mental hospital. Where it's Peyton-Place drama craziness reveals that, yes, the staff are probably crazier then the patients. Richard widmark tries to keep everyone sane, while doctors drink, have affairs, and just chew scenery any way they can. Lauren Bacall is seen taking a step back in almost every scene she's in. And yets, those drapes. Shit. What a movie.

  • Mar 13, 2018

    I'm watching this right now and wow what a mess. It's total nonsense first off the therapy they're using, if that's supposed to be psychoanalysis I'm a hermit crab. I've known psychoanalysts and understand their methods, surely they'd cringe seeing this garbage. As far as story it's bland as heck and boring, you want it over the moment it begins. Nothing redeeming here pure absurdity.

    I'm watching this right now and wow what a mess. It's total nonsense first off the therapy they're using, if that's supposed to be psychoanalysis I'm a hermit crab. I've known psychoanalysts and understand their methods, surely they'd cringe seeing this garbage. As far as story it's bland as heck and boring, you want it over the moment it begins. Nothing redeeming here pure absurdity.

  • Sep 18, 2014

    Melodrama aplenty in an exclusive psychiatric unit where the staff are just as crazy as the voluntary patients.The movie would have worked better as a comedy as the heavy handed approach used here falls flat and the ending is entirely unconvincing despite the stellar cast and Minnelli's direction.

    Melodrama aplenty in an exclusive psychiatric unit where the staff are just as crazy as the voluntary patients.The movie would have worked better as a comedy as the heavy handed approach used here falls flat and the ending is entirely unconvincing despite the stellar cast and Minnelli's direction.

  • Dec 23, 2012

    A beautiful and ridiculous film

    A beautiful and ridiculous film

  • Sep 19, 2012

    gr8 another lost review

    gr8 another lost review

  • The Movie W Super Reviewer
    May 29, 2012

    Minnelli managed to assemble an all star cast for such a strange concept. On paper it would seem like the plot of a screwball comedy but the movie is played completely straight, and is all the worse for it. You'll be screaming at the characters to lighten up. None of them are particularly likable, neither inmates or administrators. You would think someone with as much experience of clinics as Minnelli had, thanks to his estranged wife, would give us more of an insight. The patients just aren't convincing enough and are reduced to big name extras. The administrative staff are given cliched storylines to follow. If there are any central characters it's Widmark and Grahame, a bickering married couple. Bacall is completely wasted in a throwaway role as a chain-smoking activities director. Levant is perfectly cast as an inmate but doesn't get enough screen time to exploit his melancholy persona. Perhaps the movie would have fared better had it been made twenty years later. With it's sprawling cast it resembles the films of Altman but Minnelli couldn't call on the technology that allowed Altman his famous overlapping dialogue. Considering the subject matter the movie is far too sane. A seventies version would have allowed a lot more freedom to explore the issues. At one point, young inmates Kerr and Strasberg leave the clinic for a night at the cinema. A metaphor perhaps for Minnelli's plunging himself into his work to escape the grim reality of life with Judy? There have been some great movies set on psychiatric wards, "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest", "Shock Corridor", but I wouldn't bother booking yourself in for treatment here.

    Minnelli managed to assemble an all star cast for such a strange concept. On paper it would seem like the plot of a screwball comedy but the movie is played completely straight, and is all the worse for it. You'll be screaming at the characters to lighten up. None of them are particularly likable, neither inmates or administrators. You would think someone with as much experience of clinics as Minnelli had, thanks to his estranged wife, would give us more of an insight. The patients just aren't convincing enough and are reduced to big name extras. The administrative staff are given cliched storylines to follow. If there are any central characters it's Widmark and Grahame, a bickering married couple. Bacall is completely wasted in a throwaway role as a chain-smoking activities director. Levant is perfectly cast as an inmate but doesn't get enough screen time to exploit his melancholy persona. Perhaps the movie would have fared better had it been made twenty years later. With it's sprawling cast it resembles the films of Altman but Minnelli couldn't call on the technology that allowed Altman his famous overlapping dialogue. Considering the subject matter the movie is far too sane. A seventies version would have allowed a lot more freedom to explore the issues. At one point, young inmates Kerr and Strasberg leave the clinic for a night at the cinema. A metaphor perhaps for Minnelli's plunging himself into his work to escape the grim reality of life with Judy? There have been some great movies set on psychiatric wards, "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest", "Shock Corridor", but I wouldn't bother booking yourself in for treatment here.

  • May 09, 2012

    A complicated drama compounded only to drive you nuts. It must have been very popular in its day. Another lost flixster rating to boot.

    A complicated drama compounded only to drive you nuts. It must have been very popular in its day. Another lost flixster rating to boot.

  • Oct 27, 2011

    An absolute masterpiece experienced in all of its 35mm glory at the BAM tonight!

    An absolute masterpiece experienced in all of its 35mm glory at the BAM tonight!