The Innocents 1961

Critics score:
96 / 100

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Bosley Crowther, New York Times: Sends some formidable chills down the spine. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Too much Freud and too little thought. Read more

TIME Magazine: If the picture is journeyman James, it is also pitapatational entertainment, the most sophisticated scare show since Diabolique. Read more

Cath Clarke, Time Out: You can watch 'The Innocents' twice and walk away with different conclusions. Psychological horrors have imitated its ambiguous ending ever since. Few have pulled it off half as creepily. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Based on Henry James' story Turn of the Screw this catches an eerie, spine-chilling mood right at the start and never lets up on its grim, evil theme. Read more

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: Is it the finest, smartest, most visually savvy horror film ever made by a big studio? Read more