Shadow of a Doubt
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

his is about the relationship between Uncle Charlie and his niece. He seems to be a good man on the surface, however, secrets about him soon become revealed to his niece and she will need to make choices that could end up destroying the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 12, 1943
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Consensus: Alfred Hitchcock's earliest classic -- and his own personal favorite -- deals its flesh-crawling thrills as deftly as its finely shaded characters.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Peels back the welcoming warmth and sincere innocence of small-town life to reveal the gullibility and the naïveté underneath; it's a fiction about the perpetuation of fictions.

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Variety Staff

Hitchcock deftly etches his small-town characters and homey surroundings.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Eerie, disturbing thriller, with much to say about gender, feminism, the benefits of government and "Love Thy Neighbor".

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TIME Magazine

A superb film.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

One of Hitchcock's finest films of the '40s.

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Rob Gonsalves

Derives its power from its stark simplicity.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Alfred Hitchcock's first indisputable masterpiece.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

You've got to hand it to Alfred Hitchcock: when he sows the fearful seeds of mistrust in one of his motion pictures he can raise more goose pimples to the square inch of a customer's flesh than any other director of thrillers in Hollywood.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

This thriller's horrible fascination lies in watching the strong-willed young lady's admiration of, fondness for, and idealization of a supposed gentleman clot and curdle. The plot's marred only by a slightly rushed and convenient ending.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The title's doubt grows in us much before it is planted inside the character's mind halfway through this superbly-written story, which is a testament… More
paul oh
Unlike Hitchcock's typical films about espionage and voyeurism, Shadow of a Doubt presents a different type of drama. The film feels like a mystery story… More
Nicki Marie
Interesting older movie. Good characters and well made. The initial relationship between the two Charlie's was slightly disturbing. Lol. Could be just how… More
Graham Jones
Hitchcock's first masterpiece is an amazing character study and features my favorite performance from the great Joseph Cotton. A must see.
Stephen M
Hitchcock made so many brilliant films in his long career that it's easy to overlook certain gems among showier works like <I>Psycho</I>,… More
Chris Weber
This is the story of a girl named Charlie who is rather fond of her uncle, whom she is named after. One day Uncle Charlie comes from the east coast out to Santa… More