The Snake Pit
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"A woman loses her mind and is confined to a mental institution." That's the usual TV-listing encapsulation of The Snake Pit -- and like most such encapsulations, it only scratches the film's surface. Olivia de Havilland stars as an outwardly normal young woman, married to loyal, kindly Mark Stevens. As de Havilland's behavior becomes more and more erratic, however, Stevens comes to the sad conclusion that she needs professional help. She is sent to an overcrowded state hospital for treatment -- a curious set-up, in that, while de Havilland is treated with compassion by… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"For the audience of today, the primary draw of the picture is watching Olivia de Havilland deliver a particularly terrifying performance."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"This remains one of the best screen explorations of mental illness and its treatment."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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