I Confess
I Confess (1952)

Based on the turn-of-the-century play Our Two Consciences by Paul Anthelme, this Alfred Hitchcock film is set in Quebec. Montgomery Clift plays a priest who hears the murder confession of church sexton O.E. Hasse. Bound by the laws of the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Alfred Hitchcock's famous talent for brewing a mood of fine suspense with clever direction and cutting is spent on a nigh suspenseless script.

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Ken Mogg
Senses of Cinema

Clift's man-in-crisis performance is one of his finest.

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Variety Staff
Variety

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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's heavy going at times...

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Matthew Sorrento
PopMatters

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)

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TIME Magazine

A good, workmanlike thriller, I Confess is only fair-to-middling Hitchcock.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

It's entertaining, and the visuals speak volumes more than the over-cooked dialogue. Worth a look.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The sincerely intense performances by Malden and Clift make this minor Hitchcock tale seem like a major Hitchcock tale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Hitchcock's fans are bound to find something or another interesting in this simple crime drama, but I failed to hail any part of it. Not just the… More
AJ Verser
I must confess, this is a fantastic movie! Any Hitchcock movie from the fifties is fantastic, really, and this movie is no exception to that rule. I love it.
Apeneck Fletcher
A murderer confesses his dirt to a Catholic priest, but will the priest keep his vow of silence ... even after the priest is accused of the crime? Like The… More
Conner Rainwater
I think itā??s an extremely well shot film, however it is not exactly suspenseful. Hitchcock usually had a sense of what would thrill and frighten viewers, but… More
Anthony Lawrie
I Confess raises a very good question, how far can you question certain figures and are certain beliefs above the law. It rings a little bit hollow though as… More
Randy Tippy
The pursuit and persecution of "the wrong man" is a reoccurring theme in many Hitchcock productions. Here, in <i>I Confess</i>, a young… More