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Dial M for Murder Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

An exercise made by an enormously talented constructor of thrillers in the most fertile period of his career.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

July 5, 2014
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

August 19, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 28, 2013
David Parkinson
Radio Times

Milland's sinister sophistication catches the eye, but Kelly's subtly shaded suffering is superb.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2013
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2013
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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 Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2013
Peter Bradshaw

The set-up is ingenious and the "kill" scene genuinely thrilling.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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 Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2013
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies

Second tier Hitch perhaps, but no less enjoyable for it, and still a marvel of cinematic technique.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2013
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Despite Hitchcock's own reservations this is definitely worth a look. Interesting to his aficionados and darkly funny and depressing in turns.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2013
Emma Dibdin
Total Film

A tightly wound psychological parlour game, expanded only slightly from its claustrophobic stage roots.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

July 16, 2013
Emanuel Levy

This second-tier Hitchcock is best known for Grace Kelly's star turn and sleek production values, including use of 3D.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

January 11, 2013
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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 Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 13, 2012
Mike Scott

Based on a magnificently intricate script ... it benefits immensely from Hitchcock's razor-sharp direction.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/5

October 11, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a completely watchable yet less-than-consistent effort from Hitchcock...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

October 5, 2012
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

In Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, even the innocent have poker faces.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

June 16, 2011

TIME Magazine
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The fun of Dial M lies in its duel of wits...

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 24, 2008

A modest thriller in comparison to Hitchcock's later works, but one that's nonetheless taut and cleverly managed.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 24, 2008
B. Kite
Village Voice
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Dial M is less a filmed play than a highly cinematic investigation of theatricality.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 2, 2008
Variety Staff
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Dial M remains more of a filmed play than a motion picture, unfortunately revealed as a conversation piece about murder which talks up much more suspense than it actually delivers.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 2, 2008
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