Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman headline this screen version of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale, directed by Gone with the Wind and Wizard of Oz legend Victor Fleming. Tracy stars as Dr. Jekyll, a scientist who downs an experimental elixir that transforms him into a monstrous alter-ego, Mr. Hyde. Lana Turner co-stars as Jekyll's fiancée, and Bergman as Eva, the woman who captures his heart. A film steeped in heavy Freudian symbolism, this production also tries something unusual by relying largely on Tracy's shift in facial mannerisms (in lieu of heavy make-up) to convey the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Well shot by Joseph Ruttenberg, and the transformations are effectively handled, but it's generally shallow and anaemic."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"If you mess with perfection, you end up with the beast."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Quite eerie classic thriller with Tracy surprisingly good in title role(s)."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Botched remake of the 1931 classic."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A bit starched and yappy, but still packs a punch."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"A little Freudian theory is a dangerous thing. It can make a piece of errant hokum dizzy with significance."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"Conventions of the time did not allow director Victor Fleming to examine the powerful sexual undertones of Stevenson's tale, robbing the film of much of its potential insight"
‑ Dan Jardine, Slant Magazine
"The entire effort was misconceived, one that offers more ham than steak."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The story behind the film (nobody was allowed to see pictures of Tracy transformed prior to release) is more interesting than the film itself, but it's still hard to go wrong with a cast like this."
‑ , Film4
"...it renders the uttermost strengths of the silent film era, in which the audience was dependent on what went into the picture instead of what came out of the speaker."
‑ David Keyes, David Keyes' Cinema 2000
"Under Victor Fleming's direction, it's sober and turgid but far from unwatchable, thanks exclusively to the caliber of the performances."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"MGM gave the familiar story the big-budget, big-star treatment, but in the process drained it of all of its biting social and psychological implications."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Less an outright horror film than its predecessor and more a straightforward psychological study. Most of the earlier sex is replaced by a stubborn, straightlaced morality."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Spencer Tracy is miscast and overrated in one of the weakest adaptations of the story to date."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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