'Suspiria' Critic Reviews

85%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
95%
Rotten Tomatoes:   38 reviews
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Mr. Argento's methods make potentially stomach-turning material more interesting than it ought to be.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A movie that makes sense only to the eye (and even then . . .).
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Argento works so hard for his effects -- throwing around shock cuts, colored lights, and peculiar camera angles -- that it would be impolite not to be a little frightened.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    100
    Its outlandish, confounding style [does] more than virtually any other film to create the exact sort of unsettled, panicky mood in the viewer that is at the heart of horror.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jonathan Crocker Total Film
    100
    Argento's masterpiece is a movie in which nothing and nobody makes sense.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Donald J. Levit ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    There is little logic in 'Suspiria,' just the exuberance of individual scenes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rob Humanick Projection Booth
    92
    Encountered as one might a childhood nightmare or a flesh and blood incarnation of a Grimm fairy tale.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    92
    [VIDEO ESSAY] Dario Argento's sixth film is a textbook example of the horror sub-genre known as "Giallo."
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jason Best Movie Talk
    Italian prog rockers Goblin's tingling, rasping, throbbing score [and] Argento's constantly gliding camera creates an almost unbearable sense of unease and suspense.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Richard T. Jameson Parallax View
    Anyone but the most hopeless addict to linear neatness and plausibility should be tastily beguiled and tantalized by Suspiria's cavalier disregard for making rational sense.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ian Berriman SFX Magazine
    An eye-popping maelstrom of visual excess.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Anton Bitel Little White Lies
    an extravagantly stylised Danse Macabre... a surreally demented fairytale, and one of very few films that occupies the no-man's-land between charnel house and arthouse.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Pablo Villaca Cinema em Cena
    80
    A direcao de arte e fotografia impecaveis, associadas a angustiante trilha e a direcao segura de Argento, compensam as mas atuacoes e o roteirofraco, criando uma experiencia intensa e incomoda.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    80
    Argento's skilful use of unsettling, intense colour and stunning set designs adequately obscure the film's numerous structural flaws.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jennie Kermode Eye for Film
    100
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Steve Biodrowski ESplatter
    A strange combination of the art house and the slaughterhouse, it may be too violent for the typical cineaste and too contrived for the typical gore-hound. Yet somehow Argento impressively straddles both worlds, offering a unique vision ...
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lucius Gore ESplatter
    88
    One of the most important horror films ever made
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Adam Smith Empire Magazine
    100
    As an appetizer to the thoroughly bizarre world of Italian horror, Suspiria is the perfect antipasto.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    100
    Throughout this nerve-wracking journey, Argento's sly gift is to strike when you least expect it.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    It's always fascinating to watch; the thrills and spills are so classy and fast that the movie becomes in effect what horror movies seemed like when you were too young to get in to see them.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    100
    Dario Argento's best-known film is a Cinemascope, pinwheel lollipop-colored spin through a haunted German dance academy.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    50
    Only catches fire when it has run out of imagination to end it in any other way but through a pyrotechnic display.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Keith Breese Filmcritic.com
    100
    a wild feast of imagery that has never since been duplicated
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Blake Davis KFOR Channel 4 News
    80
    A get-under-your-skin makes no sense classic with some of the scariest images ever put on film.
    Full Review » 10 years ago