Spellbound
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As Alfred Hitchcock's classic psychothriller opens, the staff of a posh mental asylum eagerly awaits the arrival of the new director. When the man in question shows up, it turns out to be handsome psychiatrist John Ballantine (Gregory Peck). But something's wrong, here: Ballantine seems much too young for so important a position; his answers to the staff's questions are vague and detached; and he seems unusually distressed by the parallel marks, left by a fork, on a white tablecloth. Dr. Constance Peterson (Ingrid Bergman) comes to the conclusion that Ballantine is not the new… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not to be speechless about it, David O. Selznick has a rare film in Spellbound."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Made in an age when master shots often became a standard scene style, Hitchcock shows some real thought behind his composition."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Uneven film, with fascinating dream images."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Severely dated but supremely entertaining psychological thriller"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Mid-range Hitchcock thriller with standout dream sequence."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"I don't agree with her much, but Pauline Kael was right about this one."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A commercial and critical hit in its day, this Best Picture Oscar nominee has seen its standing slip in the ensuing decades, as it's never mentioned on any list of Alfred Hitchcock's best works. That's a shame."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"One of Hollywood's most explicit films about psychoanalysis, Spellbound takes a dubious and contrived approach to the subject, but the stars (Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck)shine and their love story is enjoyable."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Stylish psychodrama"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"For fans of Hitchcock, it will be obvious that this isn't one of his best, but, as always, the atmosphere of suspense and mystery that he creates makes the film worth seeing."
‑ Derek Smith, Apollo Guide
"It may not be first-rank Hitchcock, but even second-tier Hitchcock is better than what most other directors produce."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It has a lot of great stuff, not least of which is the odd dream sequence, designed by none other than Salvador Dali."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of the director's most laughably dated films."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Second-tier Hitchcock, notable mainly for Salvador Dali's hallucinogenic landscapes."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Spellbound lands as one of Hitchcock's classics but it's far from his best work."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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