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      The Cobweb

      Released Jun 7, 1955 2h 4m Drama List
      75% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 49% Audience Score 250+ Ratings At a psychiatric clinic for the elite, Dr. Stewart McIver (Richard Widmark) wants to institute a policy of self-governance among his patients. To further his goals, Dr. McIver proposes that residents collaborate to design and make new drapes for the clinic library. Though it seems inconsequential, trouble ensues when the clinic patients become locked in a power struggle with the equally unbalanced staff, including activities director Meg Rinehart (Lauren Bacall). Read More Read Less

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      Richard Brody New Yorker Art and science, the personal and the professional, and the rule and the exception converge with volatile flamboyance in Vincente Minnelli’s melodrama... May 23, 2022 Full Review Gavin Lambert Sight & Sound The film remains tentative, uncommitted. Mar 30, 2020 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader Vincente Minnelli's 1955 melodrama is set in a posh mental hospital; he choreographs the various plots and subplots with the same style and dynamism he brought to his famous musicals. Dec 3, 2001 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Strange, unique look at mental asylum is both visually and dramatically brilliant. Aug 8, 2008 Full Review Niki Patton Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts) With its usual twist, it's surprising that The Cobweb hasn't become a cult classic. This '50's studio picture combines the ever popular Hollywood topic of mental illness with interior decorating. Mar 11, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Quintessential Minnelli melodrama is also a personal film: Set in an asylum in which the conflict concerns the kinds of drapes to be used, it offers inside look at a rigid institution in which the caretakers are as needy as the patients. Rated: B Apr 26, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member The whole movie is well acted and every scene adds to the loneliness felt by both the patients and the staff at the clinic. Some excellent quotes too. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review ashley h The Cobweb is a decent film. It is about the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients at an exclusive psychiatric clinic. Richard Widmark and Lauren Bacall give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Vicente Minnelli did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review bill t THE DRAPES! THE DRAPES! Won't someone think of THE DRAPES! Unbelievably cheesy drama about the wild goings on at an upscale mental hospital. Where it's Peyton-Place drama craziness reveals that, yes, the staff are probably crazier then the patients. Richard widmark tries to keep everyone sane, while doctors drink, have affairs, and just chew scenery any way they can. Lauren Bacall is seen taking a step back in almost every scene she's in. And yets, those drapes. Shit. What a movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm watching this right now and wow what a mess. It's total nonsense first off the therapy they're using, if that's supposed to be psychoanalysis I'm a hermit crab. I've known psychoanalysts and understand their methods, surely they'd cringe seeing this garbage. As far as story it's bland as heck and boring, you want it over the moment it begins. Nothing redeeming here pure absurdity. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Melodrama aplenty in an exclusive psychiatric unit where the staff are just as crazy as the voluntary patients.The movie would have worked better as a comedy as the heavy handed approach used here falls flat and the ending is entirely unconvincing despite the stellar cast and Minnelli's direction. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member A beautiful and ridiculous film Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis At a psychiatric clinic for the elite, Dr. Stewart McIver (Richard Widmark) wants to institute a policy of self-governance among his patients. To further his goals, Dr. McIver proposes that residents collaborate to design and make new drapes for the clinic library. Though it seems inconsequential, trouble ensues when the clinic patients become locked in a power struggle with the equally unbalanced staff, including activities director Meg Rinehart (Lauren Bacall).
      Director
      Vincente Minnelli
      Producer
      John Houseman
      Screenwriter
      John Paxton, William Gibson
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 7, 1955, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 25, 2016
      Runtime
      2h 4m
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