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Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) Reviews

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June 6, 2017
Part-noir, part-neo-Gothic horror, Diabolique is that most delicious breed of suspense thriller, beginning innocently enough, but soon peeling back layer after layer of corruption, scheming and transgression.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 24, 2017
Rarely if ever has such a wallow in the sickeningly macabre been passed for distribution in this country.
March 4, 2016
... widely regarded as one of the most terrifying films of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
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
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.
June 17, 2011
...[a] demonic clockwork thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
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
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
May 23, 2011
Still has the power to grip and shock.
March 22, 2011
Superbly acted, Les diaboliques is as effective a thriller as Hitchcock's film, if lacking the depth and resonance.
March 18, 2011
Still riveting stuff, beautifully acted out by Simone Signoret and Vera Clouzot, the director's wife.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 18, 2011
It's a diabolical masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 17, 2011
Satisfying, elegant and nasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 17, 2011
This is a masterpiece that easily matches the best of Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
August 13, 2007
Although this has a few hallucinating bits of terror, the film is primarily a creaky-door type of melodrama.
August 13, 2007
Cruel, sour, and -- unfortunately -- very effective.
August 9, 2007
Delectable suspense with a grand payoff.
| Original Score: 5/5
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