Portrait of Jennie (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

Portrait of Jennie1948

Portrait of Jennie (1948)




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In this film, Joseph Cotten plays an artist who meets an intriguing schoolgirl named Jennie. Over the next few months Cotten meets Jennie again and again, eventually uncovering evidence that he has been conversing and falling in love with the ghost of a girl who died years earlier.


Joseph Cotten
as Eben Adams
Jennifer Jones
as Jennie Appleton
Ethel Barrymore
as Miss Spinney
David Wayne
as Gus O'Toole
Albert Sharpe
as Mr. Moore
Florence Bates
as Mrs. Jekes the Landlady
Lillian Gish
as Mother Mary of Mercy
Esther Somers
as Mrs. Bunce
Maude Simmons
as Clara Morgan
John Farrell
as Policeman
Clem Bevans
as Capt. Caleb Cobb
Robert Dudley
as Old Mariner
Anne Francis
as Teenager
Brian Keith
as Ice-skating extra
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Critic Reviews for Portrait of Jennie

All Critics (12)

Hasn't aged well in the interim either, putting an awkward romance front-and-center that makes one wonder whose fantasy this was in the first place.

June 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Fine period melodrama starring Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten.

September 30, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Honest-to-goodness romantic ghost story.

October 23, 2005 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Wonderful romantic mystery, sure to haunt your memory

November 12, 2004 | Rating: 5/5

Quite possibly the most utterly romantic movie ever made.

October 22, 2002 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

William Dieterle's 1948 masterpiece Portrait of Jennie is not only an unabashedly romantic melodrama but also a fascinating ghost story.

June 27, 2001 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Portrait of Jennie

wonderful cinematography, overbearing tiomkin score, silly melodrama with supernatural elements that requires huge suspension of disbelief, then works like gangbusters. soo selznick...

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A painter somehow contacts the spirit of a young girl who died and falls in love with her? It's a strange story, but it makes for an interesting movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


I had only seen this film only the once,until recently and I recall it was on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I only started watching this film has there was not much else on, however when it had finished, i wanted to watch it again,and stayed up late so that i could watch the repeat showing.what make this stand out was the other world feeling of it,the photography,the feel of New York in a bygone era, and the music,Debussey, which is haunting adds to the overall ambiance,It is in essence a love story which transcends time and , is told with tenderness and beauty. It's mood lingers in the heart and its planes challenge the mind. It always leaves a void when the film ends and i can truly feel Ebans pain at losing Jennie. You can read into a lot of metaphorical stuff in the film and the book - cleverly done. The ending is both heartening yet crucifying,emotionally a story of two star crossed lovers, The overall realisation that through the barrier of time love is enduring and never ending, a wonderful film which is a must for all romantics out there. Highly recommended.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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