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Suspicion (1941)

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100

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Wealthy, sheltered Joan Fontaine is swept off her feet by charming ne'er-do-well Cary Grant. Though warned that Grant is little more than a fortune-hunter, Fontaine marries him anyway. She remains loyal to her irresponsible husband as he plows his way from one disreputable business scheme to another. Gradually, Fontaine comes to the conclusion that Grant intends to do away with her in order to collect her inheritance...a suspicion confirmed when Grant's likeable business partner Nigel Bruce dies

Unrated,

Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Alma Reville

Sep 7, 2004

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (0) | DVD (11)

Alfred Hitchcock's trademarked cinematic development of suspenseful drama, through mental emotions of the story principals, is vividly displayed in Suspicion.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Everyone concedes that this 1941 Hitchcock film is a failure, yet it displays so much artistic seriousness that I find its failure utterly mysterious.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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Despite a silly cop-out ending (imposed by RKO), a gripping domestic thriller.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Hitchcock is probably the most artful sophist working for the films -- and anyone who doesn't think so should see Suspicion.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The Hollywood-style happy ending was imposed on Hitchcock by the studio.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The disappointingly neat coda has led to the dismissal of the film as second-tier Hitchcock, but up to that ending, the critique of marriage is so provocative, the imagery so powerful, and the acting so good that it's extremely enjoyable to watch.

January 6, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Grimly powerful.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Great classic Hitch.

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

...a middle-tier Hitchcock product, not really as suspenseful as it should be and never as romantic or humorous as it could be.

October 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The director does some wonderful things with the picture up until the ludicrous ending. Still you can't help feeling a vague disappointment with the whole enterprise.

September 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Slow but interesting.

September 19, 2004
Tolucan Times

The film isn't close to Hitch's best, but it's a critical part of his canon that shouldn't be missed.

September 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Watch out for that glass of milk!

January 23, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Probably the most compromised of Hitchcock's major pictures, it nevertheless sports a trio of sequences that rank among his best.

July 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Hitchcock piles on the tension in the way that only he knows how, skilfully building to the sensational finale.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Good, but not entirely satisfactory Hitchcock opus.

November 25, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The beauty of it is that it starts off light and charming, and darkens so gradually you won't even notice it shift from light romance into a psychological thriller.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Suspicion

Ok, so I didn't care much for the ending but then all that was missing was a wink or a wry smile. In a way, it was a great set up for Hitchcock's films to come. What is great about this film is the fantastic performances by Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine. Grant oozes charm and arrogance in equal measure, you're not supposed to always like what he does but you can't help but like him. Joan Fontaine is stunning, even when she fluffs her lines a little (and she does on two occasions) she carries on in style. Nigel Bruce is a great supporting actor too, his lines are brilliant as is the script in general. A great Hitchcock film although not necessarily in the style he's best remembered for but then he did make Saboteur less than a year later.
April 5, 2013
SirPant

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A bookish young woman rashly marries a charming playboy but mounting circumstantial evidence of wrongdoing leads her to fear for her life. In this early project by the master of suspense, Hitchcock takes the formula of the breezy screwball romance and turns it on its head. The early scenes could be from any other romantic comedy from the golden age, but he uses his usual tools of misdirection, doubt and paranoia to slowly build the suspense until the sweet and innocent Joan Fontaine becomes convinced that her new husband is a murderer intent on killing her for her inheritance. There are some classic Hitchcock moments, the highlight being the way he manages to make a glass of milk menacing and it deals with one of his favourite subjects, namely psychology. To a modern viewer, it seems obvious that Johnny is manic depressive. Cedric Hardwicke is on hand to supply some comic relief in his trademark affable old duffer persona and it's all very watchable. It doesn't rank amongst his best however, as Grant is far more comfortable as charming romantic lead than suspected assassin and the conclusion is resolved far too quickly and conveniently making the similar Rebecca a more satisfying experience as a whole.
February 17, 2013
garyX
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One of many pairings between Hitch and Grant. This one sees Cary play against type as a scheming playboy who sweeps Joan Fontaine's wealthy wallflower named Lina off her feet and into an initially nice romantic marriage. However, she soon becomes suspicious and begins to think that her husbands reputation of being a gold digger might be true, which obviously would make her his next target.

The film is rather slow burning, but it's a fairly solid mix of romance, mystery, and suspense. It takes a bit to get into it and really get involved, but once that happens, this is a really enjoyable film. The ending is kinda a mixed bag, but it's a fun ride nonetheless, especially since the film does a great job of towing the line between whether or not Lina's suspicions are true or not.

Add in some great production vlaues and special effects, and you've got yourself a winning film. I might be slightly inflating my grade on this one, but even then, this is still a strong movie that you should make a point to check out.
November 9, 2012
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Chris Weber

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Quite a disappointment for me, one of Hitchcock's worst films. I just felt it bumbled along and I didn't really get the suspicion. It didn't rub off on me enough so I didn't really care what happened.
October 3, 2012
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