Whirlpool (1949)

In this compelling and unusual psychological melodrama Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney), a woman tormented by her secret kleptomania seeks help from a unscrupulous hypnotist David Korvo (Jose Ferrer). Although she is married to a successful… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's a fine example of the way Preminger, on occasion, managed to deflect routine melodrama into something more personal and profound.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a sporadically trashy, thoroughly absurd murder mystery.

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A daft premise does little to detract from the enjoyment of this tense, well-made murder mystery.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

There is no doubt that people will do strange things under hypnotic spell and that the techniques of hypnotism may be villainously employed. But you don't catch this fairly rational corner believing for one minute the hocuspocus that goes on.

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Fernando F. Croce

Very wry, very Viennese satire of psychoanalysis as bourgeois fad

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Gripping throughout.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Preminger's ambiguous relation to his characters and his sense of moral relativity have seldom been put to such haunting use.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Directed with a healthy feel for his twisted characters by Otto Preminger.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
Tierney plays a woman who has kleptomania, and doesn't want her husband to find out. It's very thrilling, I liked it.
Michael Gildea
Not so great. Relies heavily on psychology practices from over half a century ago which ultimately dates it.