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10 Rillington Place

10 Rillington Place

1971
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 51m
In postwar London, a young couple and their baby find a home in 10 Rillington Place, a so-so little flat whose downstairs neighbor, John Reginald Christie, is a little creepy. Unbeknownst to the pair, Christie has a history of killing women with gas and having sex with their dead bodies, and he has eyes for the young wife, Beryl Evans... (imdb)
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10 Rillington Place

1971
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 51m
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Rated 18 Apr 2009
65
71st
Undeniably well done, creating an almost unbearably menacing and claustrophobic atmosphere, as well as an overarching sense of unfolding tragedy. Furthermore, the case was important in British legal history, and thus perhaps worthy subject matter. Yet the fact remains there is little pleasure in it for the viewer, so that, for example, there is in the end almost no desire to ever sit through the experience again. No doubt this was the filmmaker's point.
Rated 14 Apr 2009
75
84th
A simple but very good thriller, actually one of the better true-story serial killer movies I've seen. The directing is understated, almost matter-of-factly, and relies on a deliberate, moderate pacing without bells and whistles. John Hurt's acting is suitably distraught and never quite over the top, whereas Attenborough's is just okay.
Rated 22 Mar 2013
75
56th
Attenborough is great with his every manipulation of those around him being squirm inducing, sometimes enraging, and the claustrophobic atmosphere and drab, down to earth presentation all combining to make the tension often unbearable. The commentary on the justice system is suitably frustrating whilst never being heavy-handed. Hurt, for me, was a bit over the top at points, and I would have liked it if the film had told us more about the way the police had to forced a confession from Evans.
Rated 14 Jul 2013
91
96th
Incredible film experience made more unsettling with Richard Attenborough, who always reminds me of that grandfatherly-type character. The kind of guy who might invite you to an island for the weekend. An island where they've cloned dinosaurs and, of course, where things eventually go horribly wrong and you end up barely managing to escape with your life. No wait, that was Gene Wilder. And it was a chocolate factory. Never mind.
Rated 28 May 2021
75
70th
Dark, atmospheric, but above all else hilarious! I mean surely the intent here was to take the unfolding meticulous chaos (oxymoron, but 'tis true) here as completely and totally serious? I just couldn't , is impossible. Richard Attenborough delivers a performance here that is quite possibly the most amusing ever filmed, it's just so unlike what I'm used to with his other sinister roles. Take my abundance of bonus points...
Rated 11 Dec 2011
80
81st
Blimey !!! Now that's one sick bastard !!! Remarkable role by Attenborough (up with Olivier and Hopkins).
Rated 14 Jan 2012
7
67th
In postwar London an oblivious couple and their baby find a home in 10 Rillington Place, a so-so little flat whose downstairs neighbor murders and rapes women because of testosterone related inadequacies. The idiocy of Tim (John Hurt) seems non-reality based but nope, this is a true story, people really are this stupid, and the consequences of their stupidity make for a sad outcome.
Rated 06 May 2010
7
70th
Attenborough creeps me the hell out.
Rated 11 Sep 2014
3
73rd
There are niggles; thespy flourishes and that shit-awful bald cap but, the complete lack of hope makes it impressive, brave, and pretty gruelling.
Rated 10 Jan 2009
50
33rd
Not scary or exciting, just cruel, voyeuristic, and unpleasant. It doesn't help that Attenborough's skin wig is sometimes really obvious
Rated 04 Mar 2013
75
77th
If feels more or less like a dramatised documentary. Fleischer's low-key direction and the restrained musical score, along with the fact that it was actually filmed in Rillington Place, make it all very unsettling and creepy. The pacing sags a little during the investigation and courtroom scenes, but they do well in getting the anti-capital punishment message across sufficiently clearly.
Rated 30 Dec 2013
73
64th
Attenborough's low-key creepy demeanor really carries the film. Drab, cold and oppressive in all the right ways, but a bit too slow and distant at times to be truly engaging.
Rated 25 Aug 2018
70
65th
A well-done true crime thriller carried by Richard Attenborough in a bald cap. The courtroom segment was a bit dull.
Rated 04 Jul 2010
40
16th
Good acting by Attenborough and a somewhat interesting story. But it's destroyed by dreary and plodding production. It is drudgery to watch instead of captivating the viewer.
Rated 08 Jun 2022
79
69th
A bleak and uncomfortable true-crime drama. Richard Attenborough is very good in his role - so good that it's a wonder he ever got the gig as Santa Clause. John Hurt also does a great job, though the other cast are hit and miss, ranging from adequate to just plain wooden. Overall, it's a solid piece of film. Not recommended as an anti-depressant.
Rated 23 Jan 2010
6
95th
Horribly true-to-life suspense. bleak bleak bleak
Rated 04 Aug 2019
84
73rd
An almost unbelievable true story is presented in an appropriately drably and low-key style, stolen by Attenborough's award-worthy, bone chilling evocation of casual evil. It's a shame that not enough is done to flesh out Hurt's character and some of the strange decisions he makes; more time invested here and less on the protracted epilogue may have been helpful (a cut to black with text on screen after Hurt's final scene would have been infinitely more powerful).
Rated 05 Jul 2011
85
92nd
Zrealizowany z wyczuciem, bardzo dobrze zagrany, klimatyczny i niepokojacy. Rewelacja.
Rated 28 Apr 2011
80
84th
Really good. Great performances from Hurt and Attenborough. Creepiest creep evar.
Rated 01 Mar 2021
83
73rd
Haunting film, with in hindsight a surprisingly devilish role from Attenborough, who's so deceitfully evil, he's one of my new favourite cinema villains. By the film's end, I felt a chilling depression, particularly about the fatal flaws of the justice system, making this more affecting than A Short Film About Killing.
Rated 01 Jan 2009
83
72nd
The tension isn't perfect but the film still keeps you on edge all the way through. The commentary on the justice system is quite well played, effective but very subtle and natural.
Rated 07 Dec 2021
80
37th
Viewed November 30, 2021. This is a very concentrated depiction of evil, moving through the events of Christie’s life with a steady attention-to-detail, emphasizing Christie’s own cold detachment from his behavior. Fleischer utilizes few stylistic flourishes, with shadowy photography and tight framing adding further to the oppressive feeling of claustrophobia, and he does a great job of getting the viewer inside Christie's headspace while also keeping his motivations opaque.
Rated 08 Mar 2021
70
46th
uncomfortable and frustrating to watch this plot unravel as it becomes clear what will eventually happen. and uncomfortable in a way that is emotionally gruesome rather than captivating or interesting
Rated 07 Nov 2008
55
83rd
En god "dårlig" film. Den slendrer derhenad og man ækles mere og mere over den utiltalende og feje Christie, over samfundets bukken for "borgerskabet" og man befries da han bliver taget.
Rated 31 Jan 2024
85
71st
Unpleasant to watch, but recommended
Rated 19 Sep 2022
76
67th
So uncomfortable
Rated 31 Aug 2022
65
66th
The way that Christie's shadow always lingers in the doorway before entering a room adds an air of menace. And the way that he repeats "just breathe" in an almost comforting manner to these women as he renders then unconscious to rape and kill freaks me the hell out. Attenborough is good, creepy but not good enough for me to consider the performance great. John Hurt however... 5 stars for that man.
Rated 31 Aug 2014
82
70th
Em honra de Richard Attenborough: Melhor interpretação da carreira do Attenborough.
Rated 14 Mar 2007
75
89th
A classic.
Rated 17 Jul 2021
80
68th
Based on the real life crimes of serial murderer John Christie, Richard Fleischer's crime procedural is quite effective, in no small part to a sublimely creepy performance from Attenborough, who dominates the films despite strong performances from Geeson and a very young Hurt (who looks exactly the same as very old Hurt). He's quiet and kind, but in a subtly insinuating way that makes him feel very unsettling.
Rated 20 Jun 2011
78
77th
perfect villain

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