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L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 25, 2007
Short on ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2007
Dario Argento's undistinguished Italian thriller was an unexpected hit in 1969, thanks largely, one suspects, to some violent scenes that were unusually graphic for their time.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Its scares are on a much more basic level than in, say, a thriller by Hitchcock. It works mostly by exploiting our fear of the dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
A glossy, stylistic, cosmopolitan and jagged mystery firmly entrenched in Hitchcockian paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
November 15, 2009
Vivid mayhem
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 31, 2009
One of the most self-assured debuts of all time, a work so certain in its conception and execution that almost 40 years later I'd still quickly rank it as one of Argento's finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Dario Argento came into his own with this outstanding widescreen Italian suspense flick in which an American writer witnesses a murder through a huge plate glass window.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
St@tic Multimedia
December 14, 2005
... the story is only a structure for Argento to spin his painstakingly choreographed visions of violence and terror with a fluid camera and carefully controlled colors.
Steve Crum
June 15, 2005
Terrifying and tense in a Hitchcock way.
| Original Score: 5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 15, 2012
A watchable serial murderer-search movie, even if not the stuff of cult status.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 26, 2001
While Plumage may not demand active spectatorship, the two-killer theory of Tenebre and Stendhal Syndrome makes its first appearance in an Argento film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nicolas Lacroix
January 31, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 1, 2003
Early Argento and a pretty stylish thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
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David Thompson
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Now king of the spaghetti slasher, Argento made his directorial debut with this tightly constructed thriller.
Jamie Graham
Total Film
October 6, 2013
A smart, cosmopolitan, thoroughly modern whodunit comprised of geometric visuals and pulsating sexual violence.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
One of Argento's earliest films, this is the one that launched the director on the horror track.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor.
Emanuel Levy
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 4, 2005
The genius of Argento once upon a time was the understanding that every mystery is, at its essence, existential and subjective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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