A well shot thriller, but the premise of concocting a ridiculously and unnecessarily elaborate plot to retrieve the doll does it no favors. Entertaining for sure, but even the final half hour never gets into a Hitchcockian level of tension, and the final nail on the coffin is Hepburn's melodramatic performance (I've never been her fan, and here she's just so stagey and cringey it was hard to watch).
3-4. Astonishingly tight thriller; reminds me a lot of 'Dial M for Murder' and 'Deathtrap'. Audrey Hepburn remains a strong presence throughout the film, even as the antagonists play her against herself, her husband, and the rest of the world, up until the character emerges as a force to be reckoned with. "Keep tapping." Indeed.
the way audrey carries herself; how she plays the character as intensely aware of her own fragility, her blindness, her body but even when she’s feeling bitter and vulnerable she carries on; she’ll be doubled over in pain, breathing so hard with heart in her lungs...when she smashes the lightbulbs to make the men as blind as she is...ALLEGORY OF MEN BEING MADE TO KNOW THE TERROR AND FEAR OF WOMANHOOD!
It's true all about plot holes (or what Ebert said as "idiot plot") but this film pays you more than enough talking bout the climax, the atmosphere, deep and solid chemistry between the good girl (Suzy) and the criminal (Mike). It's like Scream / scary home invasion stories + Hitchcockian plot.
Along with "Two for the Road", this is the best Audrey Hepburn film in my opinion. This is quite an unusual project for Ms. Hepburn, to her advantage. The film might be a bit dated but one cannot take away how brilliant the acting and the execution was. And yes, the second part of the movie was absolutely edge-of-your-seat suspenseful.