Spellbound (1945)

A psychoanalyst falls in love with her new boss, and it is soon discovered that he has difficulty with remembering things as he is a troubled amnesiac--who may also be a killer.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 28, 1945
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Not to be speechless about it, David O. Selznick has a rare film in Spellbound.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It may not be first-rank Hitchcock, but even second-tier Hitchcock is better than what most other directors produce.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It has a lot of great stuff, not least of which is the odd dream sequence, designed by none other than Salvador Dali.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a rare misfire within Hitch's otherwise solid body of work.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Made in an age when master shots often became a standard scene style, Hitchcock shows some real thought behind his composition.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Uneven film, with fascinating dream images.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

I don't agree with her much, but Pauline Kael was right about this one.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A commercial and critical hit in its day, this Best Picture Oscar nominee has seen its standing slip in the ensuing decades, as it's never mentioned on any list of Alfred Hitchcock's best works. That's a shame.

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Emanuel Levy

One of Hollywood's most explicit films about psychoanalysis, Spellbound takes a dubious and contrived approach to the subject, but the stars (Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck)shine and their love story is enjoyable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A poorly-written film that deserves more credit for a surreal dream sequence designed by Salvador Dalí than a dated plot full of holes and casual sexism -… More
Chris Weber
This was the first film to focus on the then revolutionary use of psychoanalysis. So, in regards to history, this is a fairly important film, but, when looked… More
Melvin White
Dr. Alex Brulov: What is there for you to see? We both know that the mind of a woman in love is operating on the lowest level of the intellect! "Will he… More
Sophie Burgess
A decent story but way too over the top with the 'psychoanalysis'. There are many things I liked about this film such as the plot line of the murder… More
paul oh
The Dali dream sequence was genius! Ingrid Bergman as a cold psychiatrist was perfect as well as a confused Gregory Peck. A story that never fully reveals… More
Graham Jones
Though the Salvador Dali dream sequence is the obvious highlight, the entire film feels like a dream. Beautiful black and white images and all the twists you… More