Bedlam
Bedlam (1946)

Bedlam is one of the costlier psychological-horror efforts from RKO producer Val (Curse of the Cat People) Lewton. Boris Karloff stars as the supervisor of the notorious 18th century British insane asylum St. Mary's of Bethlehem, better… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1946
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Nicholas Musaraca's excellent cinematography contributes a number of fine effects, and there's a strange and witty aside on the invention of movies.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A weak end to a great career [for producer Val Lewton], but not, in and of itself, a bad movie.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Another strong chiller from brilliant producer Val Lewton.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As a sociological tract it's right on the money, as a psychological thriller it wanders at times too far away from the money.

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Time Out

Robson's notably unpoetic direction doesn't help, either; yet few Hollywood films ever had such ambition.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The feminist-political fable is couched in absorbing grey zones

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Notable only for a nuanced performance by Boris Karloff.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
an interesting film, more a gothic costume drama than horror and producer val lewton's last film for rko. the story takes place in st mary bethlehem in… More
Michael Gildea
Bedlam isn't the traditional Val Lewton flick, heavy on style and atmosphere to carry a bare bones script. Bedlam is more of a movie that showcases the… More
Tim Salmons
A very poor story executed decently. Tries to be a horror film at times and tries to be a politcal statement at times, while shoehorning in a love story. It… More
Anthony Lawrie
A very different kind of film from Lewton but not without his usual style of chilling horror. Karloff is excellent, as is Anna Lee who understood the brilliant… More
AJ Verser
Although it sounds like a good story, it isn't such a good movie. The only good actor is Karloff, and the movie is somewhat strange and somewhat boring.
Greg S
A tender-hearted secretary and a bribe-refusing Quaker unwisely make enemies of the sadistic and unscrupolous warden (Boris Karloff) of London's notorious… More