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Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) Reviews

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Sarah Boslaugh
March 4, 2016
... widely regarded as one of the most terrifying films of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Keyes
June 30, 2014
Like the greater of Hitchcock's essential films, the movie is a skillful marriage of ingredients that tread dangerously close to the edge of reasoning while still absorbing them in impeccable artistic standards.
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
One of the best horror-thrillers of the classic era, and a massively inspirational piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 5, 2012
So dependent on visuals, many horror films do not wear well except as kitsch. But crafted fright films like Diabolique maintain their power by creating atmosphere through what is not seen.
Chris Barsanti
June 17, 2011
...[a] demonic clockwork thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Eric Melin
June 5, 2011
With barely any music, Clouzot unfolds the action with precision timing and suspense, culminating in one of the cinema's first and most memorable twist endings ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
June 5, 2011
No doubt, the film is cruel and manipulative, but it's also the scariest thriller I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 24, 2011
set the bar high in terms of both its murderous, yet sympathetic characters and its tense scenario that mixes the conventional thriller elements of lust, jealousy, and homicide with the possibility of supernatural horror
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 23, 2011
Still has the power to grip and shock.
Philip French
March 22, 2011
Superbly acted, Les diaboliques is as effective a thriller as Hitchcock's film, if lacking the depth and resonance.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
March 18, 2011
Still riveting stuff, beautifully acted out by Simone Signoret and Vera Clouzot, the director's wife.
| Original Score: 4/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 18, 2011
It's a diabolical masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 17, 2011
Satisfying, elegant and nasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
March 17, 2011
This is a masterpiece that easily matches the best of Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
March 7, 2011
The ending, much copied, is justly famous. But it's the implacable build-up that seals its classic status...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
August 13, 2007
Although this has a few hallucinating bits of terror, the film is primarily a creaky-door type of melodrama.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 13, 2007
Cruel, sour, and -- unfortunately -- very effective.
Cole Smithey
August 9, 2007
Delectable suspense with a grand payoff.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A great piece of Guignol misanthropy.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 7, 2004
First-class all the way (unlike the Sharon Stone remake)
| Original Score: 5/5
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