Mr. Argento's methods make potentially stomach-turning material more interesting than it ought to be.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
A movie that makes sense only to the eye (and even then . . .).
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
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.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
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.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Argento's masterpiece is a movie in which nothing and nobody makes sense.
Jonathan Crocker - Total Film
There is little logic in 'Suspiria,' just the exuberance of individual scenes.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Encountered as one might a childhood nightmare or a flesh and blood incarnation of a Grimm fairy tale.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
[VIDEO ESSAY] Dario Argento's sixth film is a textbook example of the horror sub-genre known as "Giallo."
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Italian prog rockers Goblin's tingling, rasping, throbbing score [and] Argento's constantly gliding camera creates an almost unbearable sense of unease and suspense.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
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.
Richard T. Jameson - Parallax View
An eye-popping maelstrom of visual excess.
Ian Berriman - SFX Magazine
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.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
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.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Argento's skilful use of unsettling, intense colour and stunning set designs adequately obscure the film's numerous structural flaws.
Dean Essner - Film4
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
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 ...
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
One of the most important horror films ever made
Lucius Gore - ESplatter
As an appetizer to the thoroughly bizarre world of Italian horror, Suspiria is the perfect antipasto.
Adam Smith - Empire Magazine
Throughout this nerve-wracking journey, Argento's sly gift is to strike when you least expect it.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Dario Argento's best-known film is a Cinemascope, pinwheel lollipop-colored spin through a haunted German dance academy.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Only catches fire when it has run out of imagination to end it in any other way but through a pyrotechnic display.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
a wild feast of imagery that has never since been duplicated
Keith Breese - Filmcritic.com
A get-under-your-skin makes no sense classic with some of the scariest images ever put on film.
Blake Davis - KFOR Channel 4 News
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Overrated Argento thriller. Great design and the lamest climax on record.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The final revelations aren't especially difficult to discern and ultimately are a tad unrewarding but Argento never takes his foot off the atmospheric pedal, and the anxiety in the viewer lingers until the credits begin to roll.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
...all the visual artistry in the world can't compensate for a lousy script.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
One of the scariest movies ever made.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Everything is baroque and overdone, including the obviously fake gore, but that gives the film a distinctive style that makes it exciting.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
In terms of technical prowess the king of horror cinema is Italy's Dario Argento. His masterpiece is the lurid Suspiria, which boasts the most arresting tagline for any horror film.
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
lurid splashes of Hitchcockian reinvention that bristle with audacity and a pornographer's sensibility
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
There are horror films that scare and there are horror films that quake the senses; Suspiria still rattles twenty-five years after its original release.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
What Argento has created here is an experience which grabs the audience from their seats, sucks them into the experience, and takes their breath away just by the way it looks and feels.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Brings together all the things Argento should be famous for: ultra-stylized visuals awash in eerie blue and febrile blood-red, juxtaposed against intense passages of all-out gore.
Gemma Files - eye WEEKLY