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I Confess Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 20, 2016
A rare misfire from Alfred Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
March 20, 2012
It's entertaining, and the visuals speak volumes more than the over-cooked dialogue. Worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 20, 2012
The movie is more interesting than achieved: it's the most forthright statement of the transference theme in Hitchcock's work, but it's also the least nuanced.
Ken Mogg
Senses of Cinema
October 14, 2010
Clift's man-in-crisis performance is one of his finest.
Matthew Sorrento
PopMatters
June 27, 2010
Clift lets guilt channel through his matinee idol looks, a brief reminder of his more powerful performance in George Stevens' A Place in the Sun. (From Hitchcock 101)
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 21, 2008
The sincerely intense performances by Malden and Clift make this minor Hitchcock tale seem like a major Hitchcock tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 24, 2008
While Hitchcock short-changes on the expected round of suspense for which he is noted, he does bring out a number of topflight performances and gives the picture an interesting polish that is documentary at times.
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TIME Magazine
August 24, 2008
A good, workmanlike thriller, I Confess is only fair-to-middling Hitchcock.

TV Guide
August 24, 2008
Less than great, but still intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 28, 2007
The biggest crime surrounding I Confess is the generally indifferent reception that the film has received over the years
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Alfred Hitchcock's famous talent for brewing a mood of fine suspense with clever direction and cutting is spent on a nigh suspenseless script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's heavy going at times...
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 8, 2004
One of the most astonishing-looking films in all of black-and-white cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 20, 2004
It's still very much worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
September 16, 2004
May or may not rank with Hitch's greatest masterpieces, but its premise offers perhaps the most compelling variation on his favorite theme, the innocent man wrongly accused.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 12, 2004
a minor work in Hitchcock's canon
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
September 5, 2004
I Confess suggests Hitchcock's experimental urge to incorporate less overt artificiality into his vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 12, 2004
Gripping and haunting.
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Occupied the top spot on their Hitchcock chart in its time, but has since been usurped in the minds of contemporary critics by the filmmaker's later, slicker productions.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 5, 2002
Weak Hitchcock entry.
| Original Score: 3/5
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