Total Film - 04/01/2001
"...One of the most dynamic and radical British films ever made..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/13/2002
"...Nicolas Roeg's 1973 film remains one of the great horror masterpieces working not with fright, which is easy, but with dread, grief and apprehension..."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2002
"Roeg's masterly adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's story is as much a meditation on grief as a conventional horror pic..."
Total Film - 06/01/2011 5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's radicalism and haunting power are part of Roeg's ongoing fascination with rendering subconscious states intensely cinematic."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Working with elements of the traditional horror genre - second sight, ESP, warnings from the dead, a mad killer - and cinematography of disquieting beauty with a dreamlike sense of dislocation, director Nicolas Roeg weaves a fabric of anxiety that questions all reality. The evocative use of the back streets of Venice is a sinister participant in the action based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. This intensely erotic and macabre film boasts outstanding performances by Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.
Nicolas Roeg's third film--after the brash PERFORMANCE (1970) and meditative WALKABOUT (1971)--is a haunting thriller that confirmed the director's status as a true visionary. Based on a story by Daphne Du Maurier, DON'T LOOK NOW follows a grieving English couple to Venice, where the past continues to plague them. John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) and his wife Laura (Julie Christie) are in mourning for their young daughter, who drowned tragically near their home. John takes a job in Venice so that the couple can leave the past behind, but, unfortunately, the past is not easily forgotten. While John begins to see unsettling visions of a young girl in a red coat running through the Venice streets, Laura learns from an elderly psychic that her husband is in grave danger. What follows is an eerie, erotic mystery that builds to a shockingly horrific climax.
DON'T LOOK NOW is one of the most daring and influential motion pictures of the 1970s. From Pino Donaggio's atmospheric score to Graeme Clifford's elliptical editing (exemplified in the film's notorious sex scene), Roeg's film is a stylistic achievement. Sutherland and Christie are their typical phenomenal selves playing the bereaved, devastated couple.
Director Nicolas Roeg's DON'T LOOK NOW is a psychological horror film about a couple who take a trip to Venice after the tragic drowning of their daughter. There the father continues to be haunted by glimpses of the little, red-coated girl darting around street corners.