Diabolique (Les Diaboliques)
Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) (1955)

The greatest film that Alfred Hitchcock never made, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Diabolique is set in a provincial boarding school run by headmaster Michel Delasalle (Paul Meurisse). A ruthless lothario, he becomes the target of a murder… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cruel, dark, but undeniably effective, Diabolique is a suspense thriller as effective as Hitchcock's best work and with a brilliant twist ending.

Variety Staff
Variety

Although this has a few hallucinating bits of terror, the film is primarily a creaky-door type of melodrama.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

This is one of the dandiest mystery dramas that has shown here in goodness knows when.

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Cruel, sour, and -- unfortunately -- very effective.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[Creates] a diabolical double-reverse plot that keeps the audience guessing right up to the thoroughly implausible final scene.

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

One of the best horror-thrillers of the classic era, and a massively inspirational piece of cinema.

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Time Out

A great piece of Guignol misanthropy.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

With a deliciously curvy and complex plot, Diabolique is a masterpiece of suspense -- as accomplished as anything done by Hitchcock.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A great thriller built on an intriguing mystery and with a very unexpected ending, but I imagine how much more tense and engaging it would have been in… More
Reid Volk
An absolutely stunning cinematic achievement. Clouzot not only unfolds a great mystery before our eyes, but for being over 55 years old it is still more… More
Edward Boxler
Diabolique is a milestone in horror filmmaking and a wonderful look back at a time when filmmakers used suspense to frighten audiences, not cheap… More
Lady D'arbanville
Quite a caniving plan for Murder for a film of it's time, told in a very much a Hitchcock fashion. Twists and turns keep this a gripping tale and whilst… More
Chris Weber
This film (almost) has it all: it's a suspense thriller, a mystery, a domestic (melo)drama, and even a bit of a horror film. It's widely regarded as a… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Overbearing, smug and philandering husband's cruelties forces his wife and his mistress to consider the unthinkable: to team up to off the incorrigible… More

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