Dial M for Murder - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dial M for Murder Reviews

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Top Critic
Variety Staff
January 2, 2008
Dial M remains more of a filmed play than a motion picture, unfortunately revealed as a conversation piece about murder which talks up much more suspense than it actually delivers.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 4, 2007
It all moves along in a rather efficient if lifeless fashion, with only John Williams shining as a canny police detective.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 6, 2003
This staid melodrama falls far below Hitchcock's standards.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
A merely adequate Hitchcock thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
October 30, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
July 25, 2013
Second tier Hitch perhaps, but no less enjoyable for it, and still a marvel of cinematic technique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
July 16, 2013
A tightly wound psychological parlour game, expanded only slightly from its claustrophobic stage roots.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
October 11, 2012
Based on a magnificently intricate script ... it benefits immensely from Hitchcock's razor-sharp direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 5, 2014
An exercise made by an enormously talented constructor of thrillers in the most fertile period of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cole Smithey
April 14, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 25, 2013
The depth of focus, framing of characters and objects and use of the claustrophobic sets add extra pleasure to what was already a thoroughly enjoyable "perfect crime" nail-biter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
A rare and exciting experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 25, 2013
Grace Kelly reaches out into the audience for murder scissors; foreground tea tables all but clonk your knees; a tell-tale door key - how many Hitchcock revelation moments feature those! - is brandished inches from your nose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
June 16, 2011
In Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, even the innocent have poker faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 3, 2004
Mildly enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 6, 2004
While it's true that Hitchcock left most of the play's dialogue intact and kept the single setting of the play's apartment, he did quite a bit more to bring the story to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Was by far the most visually compelling of studio stereoscopic movies.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 27, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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