Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn (1939)

Based on a Daphne DuMaurier story, this Alfred Hitchcock thriller stars Charles Laughton as Squire Pengallon, the head of a band of smugglers in Victorian-era England.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 13, 1939
DVD Release Date: July 20, 1999
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice

Laughton is compelling from the first instant: His Pengallan is at least five of the seven deadly sins rolled into one, a cheerfully loathsome creature with wide-set eyebrows and a multitude of chins ...

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Geoff Brown
Time Out

The result is weird, but not wonderful.

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Stephen Danay
Under the Radar

Jamaica Inn, while no classic, seems undeserving of its reputation as a failure.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

By common consent, one of Alfred Hitchcock's poorest and least personal works, though it has some compensations.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

Having set his own standards, Alfred Hitchcock must be judged by them; and, by them, his Jamaica Inn is merely journeyman melodrama.

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Monthly Film Bulletin

This lurid story of violence and brutality is lavishly staged.

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Variety Staff

Superb direction, excellent casting, expressive playing and fine production offset an uneven screenplay to make Jamaica Inn a gripping version of the Daphne du Maurier novel.

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Craig J. Clark
The Dissolve

It could have come across as strictly a work-for-hire gig, but it displays enough Hitchcockery to show he wasn't as disengaged from the material as he would later claim he was.

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Franz Hoellering
The Nation

Jamaica Inn is a fraud perpetrated with great names.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This is my favourite of Hitchcock's 30s movies, it's exciting, thrilling, and romantic. It has great actors too.
Walter M.
Recently orphaned, Mary(Maureen O'Hara) travels to stay with her Aunt Patience(Marie Ney) but soon finds she lives in the kind of place that the coach… More
Stella Dallas
it's pretty weak for hitchcock; way too melodramatic with alot of bad acting, including a ridiculous performance by charles laughton! too bad; i love sea… More
Cameron Johnson
Jamaican me [u]inn[/u]sane, mon! ...Wow, that was terrible, although it's not that much worse than the film itself, or at least that's what others are… More
Cassandra Maples
"Jamaica Inn" is a rarity in Hitchcock's filmography: a film that was BEHIND its time (it could have been an early talkie). It is notable only… More
Daniel Dolgin
This is the newly crowned "Worst Hitchcock film" (that I've seen). Before I'd give this title to Number 17 (which I'd give the same… More