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July 4, 2017
A seldom seen classic. Definitely one of Alfred Hitchcock's best and his personal favorite. A must see for any serious film fan. Joseph Cotton gives another great performance.
½ June 17, 2017
The Newton family of Santa Rosa California receive an unexpected visit from their Uncle Charlie. He lives in Philadelphia and is a bit of a legend in the family, being a wealthy, self-made man. His niece, also named Charlie, is particularly fond of him. However, when he arrives, Uncle Charlie starts to act suspiciously. Soon two surveyors appear at the house and start to ask questions about Uncle Charlie. (Niece) Charlie starts to investigate and discovers that the two men are detectives and Uncle Charlie is a suspect in a nationwide manhunt and murder investigation. However, the closer she gets to the truth, the more her own life is potentially in danger.

A reasonably intriguing Alfred Hitchcock crime drama. In typical Hitchcock fashion it unfolds slowly and deliberately, incrementally revealing just enough to keep you watching, while building up to a tense climax.

Not among Hitchcock's best though. The build-up is perhaps too slow here. In addition, despite the title, there is not really that much doubt about whether Uncle Charlie is involved in the crimes, so the possibilities with regard to the outcome are limited. The conclusion thus feels a touch inevitable, though there are a few other ways it could have gone (however, none of these would have been as exciting or complete).
Antonius Block
Super Reviewer
May 28, 2017
Hitchcock said this was his favorite film, and there is a quiet evil about it that makes it truly horrifying. Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) is on the run from the law on the East Coast, and he settles in with his sister and her family in Santa Rosa. Trouble is just behind him though, and it gets worse when his niece (also 'Charlie', named after him, and played by Teresa Wright) begins to suspect him of being the "Merry Widow Murderer".

I considered a slightly higher rating, but thought the pace in the first half of the movie was a little slow. Some of the tension is also missing because we're pretty darn sure Uncle Charlie is guilty. On the other hand, there is a real small town feeling to this setting, helped in no doubt by Thornton Wilder being one of the screenwriters, and the characters of Charlie's father (Henry Travers) and his friend (Hume Cronyn) passing the time by talking about the perfect murder are absolutely priceless. The second half, including the increasing revelation of Uncle Charlie's dark views of humanity and the lengths to which he will go to protect himself, is what make the film so sinister. As the movie came out during WWII, it seems to have a direct parallel to the evil leaders loose in the world, particularly in the film's final scene.
May 4, 2017
Shadow of a Doubt is well-acted and warm and it has nicely developed characters, but it also has a very abrupt ending, a story which is never as suspenseful and engaging as you want it to be and it is an overall a pretty ordinary picture by Hitchcock standards.
½ January 13, 2017
An interesting Hitchcock thriller about a girl who discovers that her uncle is a murderer. Great acting from Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright. (First and only viewing - 9/22/2013)
½ January 7, 2017
9.5 out of 10:

Intense and well acted, Shadow of a Doubt's story proves that even the most peaceful places can become dangerous.
September 30, 2016
One of the really good Hitchcock thrillers. Joseph Cotten is so creepy at the second dinner table scene in which the camera tracks in on him. That close up is just so effective. Nice.
½ September 11, 2016
However preposterous this film may be, Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt" is a tense, competent thriller.
½ August 19, 2016
A noir by Alfred Hitchcock, "Shadow of a Doubt" is one of the iconic director's greatest films.
½ August 2, 2016
While slightly overrated, Shadow of A Doubt just screams (pun intended) classic! I'll probably give this film five stars upon second viewing.
July 17, 2016
My Favorite Hitchcock movie.
June 5, 2016
I give this an A+/97.
April 20, 2016
Featuring a seriously incestuous vibe from beginning to end, Alfred Hitchcock's classic film Shadow of a Doubt is a fantastic noirish crime thriller. Featuring all of Hitchock's trademarks, namely his phenomenal use of suspense and mystery, as well as his willingness to keep his characters and audience entirely in the dark, Shadow of a Doubt is a true winner. Featuring a very strong female lead in Teresa Wright, Shadow of a Doubt is oddly feminist even if some dialogue is incredibly sexist (though these characters do not leave unscathed). The writing and overall look here can look quite dated by today's standards, but Hitchcock's wit and style will forever be timeless and it is on full display here with this spellbinding tale of murder.
½ April 11, 2016
A goodun. Though I have issues with some of the plotting. Starts off so tremendously strong though. And never really gets 'bad' per se. Just gets a little Hitchcock eye roll-y. Some of the ways the characters behave, it's like come on, no. But yeah, it's good. I like Trouble With Harry better though because it's like, Hitchcock having gained a Todd Solondz-esque awareness of his own silly shit like that. I like how tongue-in-cheek that one is. Oh, have I mentioned that I want to marry Teresa Wright?
Super Reviewer
½ March 29, 2016
The title's doubt grows in us much before it is planted inside the character's mind halfway through this superbly-written story, which is a testament to how this tense, suspenseful mystery is slowly and carefully built in what is one of Hitchcock's most steadily-paced thrillers.
½ March 25, 2016
This was Hitchcock's personal favourite?? Okay then.
March 9, 2016
Alfred Hitchcock's personal favourite film has none of the showiness of his more popular classics. It is a finely told coming-of-age story of a young woman in a moral dilemma when she discovers immense adoration and unimaginable menace can emanate from the same person.
February 20, 2016
Hitchcock's first all-American feature finds its home in the world of white picket fences and apple trees where he attempts to show what happens when a darker world enters there. I'm all for slow burners, and this one has its moments, and a splendid performance from Joseph Cotton, but far too much time is spent on the trivialities of American small town life, triteness cannot sustain interest throughout nearly two hours, and there's a little sense anything has changed once we leave there. This story would have been better suited to an hour long Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, although this wouldn't be an option for another decade.
½ January 23, 2016
Shot on location, Shadow of a Doubt showcases Hitchcock's mastery of suspense, selective angles and mysterious characters. Added to this is a surprising amount of humour and a charming insight into small-town America. An unmissable classic!
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