The Snake Pit Reviews

November 5, 2018
It makes no compromise with the shocking facts as presented in the novel. The result is a drama that builds to a fever pitch of tension and holds itself there with superlative artistry.
February 9, 2006
It's entertaining enough in a hysterical sort of way, even if it never matches up to the excesses of Fuller's later Shock Corridor.
May 8, 2019
Twilight Time's sharp transfer wonderfully preserves Anatole Litvak's long-ago groundbreaking melodrama.
December 5, 2016
[Olivia] de Havilland does as much as she can with what she's given.
January 31, 2012
This remains one of the best screen explorations of mental illness and its treatment.
January 5, 2009
As one of Hollywood's first "serious" chronicles of life in an asylum, the film is uneven, containing some intelligent observations but also lurid sequences and simplistic psychological explanations.
March 1, 2008
June 4, 2004
If the movie set a gold standard, this Fox Studio Classics DVD only gets the bronze.
May 30, 2004
For the audience of today, the primary draw of the picture is watching Olivia de Havilland deliver a particularly terrifying performance.