Gaslight (1944)

George Cukor's remake of the 1940 film Gaslight is the story of a beautiful, innocent woman (Ingrid Bergman) who marries a charming man (Charles Boyer) who tries to drive her insane. Boasting a lavish, detailed production that perfectly… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 11, 1944
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Hollywood Reporter

Direction by George Cukor is ever a display of fine craftsmanship. He utilizes small mosaics of sharp characterization in building to his climax and works in each facet faultlessly. This is the job for which Cukor admirers have been waiting.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Prepare yourselves rather for a lengthy and restless stretch on tenterhooks.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

It's a bit dated now, but still has much to offer, notably George Cukor's intelligent direction.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1944 film is one of the few psychological thrillers that is genuinely psychological, depending on subtle clues -- a gesture, an intonation -- to thought and character.

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James Berardinelli

Beautifully filmed in a gloomy, atmospheric black-and-white, Gaslight exhibits all the classic visual elements of '40s film noir.

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Total Film

George Cukor conjures up an oppressive atmosphere... But it's not quite enough to cover up the script's yawning gaps in logic.

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Variety Staff

Patrick Hamilton's London stage melodrama, is given an exciting screen treatment by Arthur Hornblow Jr's excellent production starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten.

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Rob Vaux

We rely on the actors and the script to convey the mood, and director George Cukor matched no less a figure than Alfred Hitchcock with the results.

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TV Guide

Boyer nearly steals the picture, aided and abetted by the stunning debut of Angela Lansbury as a hardbitten servant -- only 18, she grabbed the role and chewed it to bits.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Bergman won an Oscar for her role but it was Boyer who should have won many for his meticulous performance as the mysterious husband (he was nominated, though)… More
Aj V
Similar to other suspense movies of the forties, but still a pretty powerful story. I really like this movie.
Kevin M. Williams
Remakes are often (and righteously) seen as the blight of the film industry but that is not the case here in this elegant reworking of a lean and muscular Brit… More
Randy Tippy
A superb psychological thriller about a husband who is slowly driving his wife insane (yeah, that never happens...)
Lewis C.
A very Hitchcockian thriller, if not close to the quality of the best movies by Hitchcock or his imitators. The plot (involving a woman who slowly seems to be… More
Devon Bott
Ingrid Bergman is the victim of Charles Boyer's sadistic mindgames in 1944's "Gaslight", a gothic film noir set in turn-of-the-century… More