Notorious Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 5, 2014
The virtuoso sequences -- the long kiss, the crane shot into the door key -- are justly famous, yet the film's real brilliance is in its subtle and detailed portrayal of infinitely perverse relationships.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
August 5, 2014
This dark romantic thriller isn't as thematically complex or technically audacious as some of Alfred Hitchcock's later classics. But it's still hard to beat for pure, polished entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
August 5, 2014
Notorious is in the world of film noir but not of it; it's a tough and dark film that's also one of the finest women's pictures ever made.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 6, 2012
writing about it is almost as intimidating as pretending that there's anything new to say about it. But here goes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 23, 2012
Production and directorial skill of Alfred Hitchcock combine with a suspenseful story and excellent performances to make Notorious force entertainment.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 11, 2012
Romantic melodrama. If contemporary viewers think of "Notorious" in those terms, it will still strike them as the classic it's become.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 6, 2012
as much of a romance as it is a spy thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 25, 2012
Second only to Psycho as my favorite Hitchcock movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 28, 2011
Hitchcock's second masterpiece (after Shadow of a Doubt) is a richly dense meditation on romantic love, featuring exquisite performances by Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 13, 2009
A nearly flawless espionage thriller that has been mimicked many times since, but never equaled.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 16, 2009
It's the accuracy, efficiency and control of Hitchcock's direction that most impress. They enable him to dovetail the film's thriller format and romantic story to dizzying, expressive and unique effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
January 16, 2009
A glorious exercise in film style, where virtuoso camerawork combines with the characters to create a wonderful harmony of visuals and narrative -- and where the complexities of character and story exist above and beyond the dictates of genre.
James Christopher
Times [UK]
January 16, 2009
Hitchcock's classic 1946 thriller Notorious is a terrific romantic tango between Ingrid Bergman's exotic and spicy socialite and Cary Grant's prim and proper American spy. It's also shameless war propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 16, 2009
Notorious has fascinating echoes of other Hitchcock movies such as Rebecca and Psycho. A must-see or must-see-again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 16, 2007
One of Hitchcock's best
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 9, 2006
Stunning, smooth Hitchcock thriller benefits from Cary and Ingrid.
| Original Score: 5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
June 27, 2005
There's no mincing words here: NOTORIOUS is badly dated.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 14, 2003
Shimmering and stealthy in its violence, Notorious is Hitchcock's best of the 1940s.
| Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Bergman and Grant sizzle in this espionage tale written by Ben Hecht.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 5, 2002
Occasionally too slow, but compelling
| Original Score: 4/5
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