Whirlpool (1949)

It is best to check one's logic in the lobby while indulging in the melodramatic machinations of Whirlpool. It all begins when Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney), the fashionable wife of a wealthy psychiatrist (Richard Conte), is caught… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1949
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's a fine example of the way Preminger, on occasion, managed to deflect routine melodrama into something more personal and profound.

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Christopher Machell

Whirlpool's stand-out scene, in which a somnambulant Gene Tierney incriminates herself ... uses the conventions of horror cinema as much as that of noir.

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Fernando F. Croce

Very wry, very Viennese satire of psychoanalysis as bourgeois fad

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

There is no doubt that people will do strange things under hypnotic spell and that the techniques of hypnotism may be villainously employed. But you don't catch this fairly rational corner believing for one minute the hocuspocus that goes on.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Ferrer is wonderfully sleazy as Korvo and makes the perfect foil for Tierney.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Directed with a healthy feel for his twisted characters by Otto Preminger.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Preminger's ambiguous relation to his characters and his sense of moral relativity have seldom been put to such haunting use.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a sporadically trashy, thoroughly absurd murder mystery.

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A daft premise does little to detract from the enjoyment of this tense, well-made murder mystery.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Tierney plays a woman who has kleptomania, and doesn't want her husband to find out. It's very thrilling, I liked it.
Michael Gildea
Not so great. Relies heavily on psychology practices from over half a century ago which ultimately dates it.