Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) Reviews

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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.
March 17, 2011
Satisfying, elegant and nasty.
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.
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January 26, 2006
A great piece of Guignol misanthropy.
May 31, 2018
Straight-up terrifying melodrama.
December 16, 2017
Diabolique is as precise and accomplished as anything in Hitchcock's canon, a film of grueling suspense and startling shocks in an overcast, gray world of decay...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 5, 2011
No doubt, the film is cruel and manipulative, but it's also the scariest thriller I've ever seen.
May 26, 2011
A little light on the extras, but this Criterion edition of a not-quite-famous-enough classic still merits attention.
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
May 23, 2011
Still has the power to grip and shock.
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