Critics Consensus

The blood pours freely in Argento's classic Suspiria, a giallo horror as grandiose and glossy as it is gory.



Total Count: 57


Audience Score

User Ratings: 36,141
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Movie Info

An innocent American ballet dancer's excitement at being accepted to a prestigious European dance school turns to terror when she discovers that the institution is a cover for a murderous coven of witches.


Critic Reviews for Suspiria

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (4)

  • Argento accomplishes so much simply through lighting and music - which goes a long way to compensate for the stilted dialogue and awkward character interactions.

    Apr 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Suspiria is a baroque piece of esoteric expressionism that you enter - and exit - without understanding so much as feeling.

    Dec 4, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A movie that makes sense only to the eye (and even then . . .).

    Sep 1, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Argento works so hard for his effects -- throwing around shock cuts, colored lights, and peculiar camera angles -- that it would be impolite not to be a little frightened.

    Mar 29, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It's always fascinating to watch; the thrills and spills are so classy and fast that the movie becomes in effect what horror movies seemed like when you were too young to get in to see them.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Scott Meek

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Mr. Argento's methods make potentially stomach-turning material more interesting than it ought to be.

    May 9, 2005

Audience Reviews for Suspiria

  • Nov 01, 2018
    The movie is ludicrous, but that hardly matters. Its oozing as much style as blood and that finale is a gorgeous nightmare.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2015
    Argento surpasses plenty of previous efforts of other directors by actually succeeding in bringing our nightmares to the big screen. Suspiria is a classic that clambers through our consciousness and hollows us out with images we didn't know were frightening until we saw them. The candy-coloured dreamscape of Argento's subconscious works amazingly on screen and helps craft a horror film like no other. An exfremely enjoyable piece of art.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2014
    Dario Argento's most popular film is a must-see for seasoned horror fans. The violence is extreme, it's astoundingly creepy, beautifully filmed, and Goblins' score is one of the best film scores of all time. The only setback is the low production value and clearly dubbed audio, but don't let that stop you from experiencing this iconic work of the horror genre.
    Edward B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2013
    I'm torn when it comes to reviewing Suspiria; on one hand it has an unconventional script, an eerie background score and few creepy scenes, but on the other hand, it fails to scare me thoroughly. I understand that this movie was made in the 70's, but considering The Shining also came out in 1980 (only three years difference), I can't give Suspiria the benefit of the era. Aside from it, I had fun watching it - to put it in a sentence, Suspiria is one freaky movie which any horror fans should take a look at. 6/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer

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