Bedlam (1946)

Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St. Mary's of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). Encouraged by the Quaker Hannay, she tries to bring support to reforming Bedlam, but the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1946
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2015
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Critic Score: 89% 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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Robert Sellers
Radio Times

Was there ever a star who played sadistic men with as much relish as Boris Karloff?

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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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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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David N. Butterworth

Why the Brits banned this creepily effective Boris Karloff thriller for fifty years is unclear.

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Fernando F. Croce

The feminist-political fable is couched in absorbing grey zones

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

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

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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

Another strong chiller from brilliant producer Val Lewton.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% 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
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
Aj V
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.
Marcus Woolcott
Some good ideas, but ultimately it doesn't work.