A ser\ious entertainment that opens with the sound of someone whistling in the graveyard, it's an ostensive crime film at once symmetrical, surprising, and knowingly cinephilic.
—J. Hoberman Village Voice
The movie is in no hurry to end, much as its prolific maker never showed much inclination to stop.
—A. O. Scott New York Times
... leaves a sense not unlike a summary of Chabrol's entire career -- of guilty stains seeping away in every direction, of motives hidden and of endless stories that frustrate full understanding.
—Kyle Smith New York Post
Unfortunately, the Chabrol at work here is the cozy craftsman of the previous 10 years, where the occasional gratifying perversity is swamped by somnolent polish and the sense of a missed dinner being the biggest thing at stake.
—Fernando F. Croce Slant Magazine