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Dial M for Murder Reviews

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David Keyes
November 25, 2015
The movie is worth seeing even now, if for no other aim than to show a man ambitiously experimenting with the devious facets that would inspire greater films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 5, 2014
An exercise made by an enormously talented constructor of thrillers in the most fertile period of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
August 19, 2013
The risk with clever thrillers is always that they will focus on pleasing the intellect at the expense of developing more depth. Dial M For Murder is a different kind of animal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
July 28, 2013
Rather than let someone else mess with a play that has a formal perfection, Hitchcock did the adaptation himself, his only such credit while in Hollywood.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
July 26, 2013
Milland's sinister sophistication catches the eye, but Kelly's subtly shaded suffering is superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
July 26, 2013
Ray Milland is great as cold fish Tony Wendice, a former tennis pro who plans to bump off his adulterous wife. Still, Grace Kelly is mis-cast (or misdirected) as the spouse in question.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 25, 2013
The depth of focus, framing of characters and objects and use of the claustrophobic sets add extra pleasure to what was already a thoroughly enjoyable "perfect crime" nail-biter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 25, 2013
The set-up is ingenious and the "kill" scene genuinely thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 25, 2013
Grace Kelly reaches out into the audience for murder scissors; foreground tea tables all but clonk your knees; a tell-tale door key - how many Hitchcock revelation moments feature those! - is brandished inches from your nose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
July 25, 2013
Second tier Hitch perhaps, but no less enjoyable for it, and still a marvel of cinematic technique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
July 22, 2013
Despite Hitchcock's own reservations this is definitely worth a look. Interesting to his aficionados and darkly funny and depressing in turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
July 16, 2013
A tightly wound psychological parlour game, expanded only slightly from its claustrophobic stage roots.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
January 11, 2013
This second-tier Hitchcock is best known for Grace Kelly's star turn and sleek production values, including use of 3D.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 13, 2012
Dial M for Murder is often dismissed as lesser Hitchcock, yet its intricate plot and sterling performances thrill me every time I watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Scott
October 11, 2012
Based on a magnificently intricate script ... it benefits immensely from Hitchcock's razor-sharp direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 5, 2012
...a completely watchable yet less-than-consistent effort from Hitchcock...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
June 16, 2011
In Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, even the innocent have poker faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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TIME Magazine
August 24, 2008
The fun of Dial M lies in its duel of wits...
August 24, 2008
A modest thriller in comparison to Hitchcock's later works, but one that's nonetheless taut and cleverly managed.
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B. Kite
Village Voice
January 2, 2008
Dial M is less a filmed play than a highly cinematic investigation of theatricality.
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