The Uninvited
The Uninvited (1944)

The Uninvited is one of the rare Hollywood ghost stories that does not cop out with a "logical" ending. In fact, the film has more in common with British ghost tales of the period, in that the characters calmly accept spectral… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 10, 1944
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
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94%
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81%


Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

For modern audiences, the movie is more elegantly creepy than truly scary, but it still charms.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

An archetypal 40s ghost story, ambitiously decked out in high studio finery, with billowing curtains and other kinds of hyperromantic kitsch that can put you in mind of death by tuberculosis, though ultimately it's a bit of a letdown.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This proves to be more than just a ghost story, as the twists turn it into a full-blown mystery that stirs up memories of Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The one thing -- and the only thing -- about this film is that it sets out to give you the shivers -- and will do so, if you're readily disposed.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

'This is the only way I can paint you,' says Milland, at the piano. 'Some black keys, and some white.' The speaker might as well be cinematographer Charles Lang, whose painterly compositions -- some black keys, and some white -- make this a spooky gem.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a serious-minded, visually elegant chiller with real dramatic weight that was destined to stand apart

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The real strength of the film, though, is its atypical stance part way between psychology and the supernatural, achieving a disturbingly serious effect.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Its thrills and chills are little frissons that tickle the imagination instead of grabbing by the throat.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

The Uninvited was...one of the first films to treat the supernatural seriously, and to play ghosts and hauntings as something other than fodder for comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
An large abandoned home on the stormy and mysterious English coast is the setting for this leisurely stroll into the supernatural as a curious team (brother and… More
Cassandra Maples
The Uninvited has been right at the top of my must see list for years now and any film with that amount of build up is liable to disappoint; but that is not the… More
Devon Bott
Part ghost story and part who-dunnit mystery, 1944's "The Uninvited" takes the mind into the musty basements and cobwebbed corners of the dark… More
Tim Salmons
A welcome surprise in my diet of mostly modern and mainstream movies. A simple ghost story that turns out to be one of the best. The film is beautifully shot… More
jay nixon
Wonderfully evocative atmosphere. Gail Russell has the perfect dreamy quality to fit the story.
Chris Browning
The first film to take ghosts or spirits seriously, rather than for comedy or a hoax, The Univited is an atmospheric firsthand look at what modern supernatural… More