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: January 1, 1952
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 80% 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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A rare misfire from Alfred Hitchcock.

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Variety Staff

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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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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TIME Magazine

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

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A passable yet underwhelming thriller...

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Ken Mogg
Senses of Cinema

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

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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
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
Kevin M. Williams
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
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
Aj V
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.
Lady D'arbanville
Confession to a priest over a murder ? it?s been done time and time again, but this film offers a little twist on the subject. Great plot, but wasn?t blown… More