The Lady Vanishes Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 13, 2014
It's the greatest-ever comedy-thriller, the greatest film set on a train, a faultlessly cast mirror held up to the nation in the year of Munich.
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TIME Magazine
August 13, 2014
The Lady Vanishes exhibits Director Alfred Hitchcock, England's portly master of melodrama, at the top of his form.
David Keyes
April 19, 2014
It remains the most complex and enlivening of Hitchcock's earliest films.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 2, 2013
Enormously entertaining mystery-comedy, that is also filled with feminist and political commentary.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 31, 2012
this director at this moment in his career, back when he was still more clever than cruel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
November 9, 2010
Hitchcock comedy thriller is tame old-school fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 30, 2009
It's a flawless mix of paranoid suspense, pacing, timing and even comedy.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 18, 2009
Mais interessado em explorar a inabalável fleuma britânica como fonte de humor do que em realmente criar um suspense intrigante, este é um dos últimos exemplares da primeira fase da carreira de Hitchcock e diverte mais do que impressiona.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 27, 2009
The formula of an innocent thrust into a nightmare would fascinate Hitch for decades to come, but here he packs the tale with strong characters and important details.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
This film, minus the deft and artistic handling of the director, Alfred Hitchcock, despite its cast and photography, would not stand up for Grade A candidacy.
Peter Bradshaw
October 18, 2008
A pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
February 22, 2008
Maybe the best of Hitchcock's early, pre-USA productions.
| Original Score: 5/5
January 11, 2008
Classy, intriguing and highly entertaining.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
January 11, 2008
Accept no substitutes for this blissful original.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Russell
January 11, 2008
Both a neat comment on Britain's dilemma in the build-up to the impending war with Germany (to appease or not to appease?) and also a cracking piece of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
January 11, 2008
Sheer stylish entertainment and a joy from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
January 11, 2008
Naturally, nobody builds suspense like 'The Master', but the appealing team of Lockwood and Redgrave receves sterling back-up from twinkly Dame May and Cecil Parker as the spineless adulterer.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Slant Magazine
December 26, 2007
What separates Lady Vanishes
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 19, 2007
This is vintage Hitchcock, with the pacing and superb editing that marked not only his 30s style but eventually every film that had any aspirations whatever to achieving suspense and rhythm.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Very much of its time (in a good way), and very enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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