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Diabolique (1996)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic French thriller gets a Hollywood makeover in this glossy remake. Guy Baran (Chazz Palminteri) is the dull, loutish headmaster of a private school that has seen better days. While Guy oversees the day to day operations, the school is actually owned by his wife Mia (Isabelle Adjani), whose spirit has been crushed by Guy's casual cruelty and whose health is frail. Guy has been openly having an affair with one of his teachers, Nicole Horner (Sharon Stone), who has


Mystery & Suspense, Drama


Don Roos

Jan 26, 1999

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (23) | DVD (16)

The husband is still a brute, and the swimming pool is still moldy, but the new Diabolique fails to translate into anything more than the latest ham-handed Hollywood makeover of a European classic.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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The new Diabolique mostly dispenses with subtlety, contenting itself with regularly scheduled cathartic jolts that pass for suspense in our degraded culture.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

If it makes at least one person search out and discover the original version, then it's all worth it.

April 3, 2005

Chechik fails to create any real suspense or thrills and does not seamlessly juggle the serious thriller aspects with the black comedy

December 5, 2004 Full Review Source:

Silly update of the French classic; the ending is an unforgivable cop-out.

January 11, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Why do Hollywood filmmakers keep messing around with and screwing up past successes?

April 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A hopelessly muddled mess.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Diabolique

I saw this one in the middle of the night. I'm not a fan of sharon stone...but it was pretty good...still not a fan of sharon stone dough
September 18, 2011
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

Sharon Stone's delightfully slinky outfits are the only genuine attraction in this updated so-called thriller, which pairs her with Isabelle Adjani as the mistress and wife who decide to murder abusive school headmaster Chazz Palminiteri. What was fresh and genuinely frightening in French director Henri-Georges Clouzot's original is old hat here.
March 27, 2011
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

One of those movies that I liked very much when I was a kid. Sharon Stone was awesome in this movie!
November 20, 2007
Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

Good movie with Kathy Bates and Sharon Stone. A wife and mistress plot to kill their lover, but the body disappears. Suspense movie full of twists and turns.
October 28, 2007
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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