Rear Window Reviews

Michael Sragow
New Yorker
Top Critic
March 5, 2012

It's one of Alfred Hitchcock's inspired audience-participation films: watching it, you feel titillated, horrified, and, ultimately, purged.

Todd McCarthy
Variety
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February 23, 2012

Leah Rozen
TheWrap
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October 7, 2011


TIME Magazine
Top Critic
April 20, 2009

Just possibly the second most entertaining picture (after The 39 Steps) ever made by Alfred Hitchcock.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

Of all Hitchcock's films, this is the one which most reveals the man.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
July 21, 2005

The deliciousness of watching the film as it's intended to be seen is that the big screen gives Rear Window back its claustrophobia.

Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic
May 28, 2004

Don't resist the urge -- steal a peek at it now, and be reminded why Hitchcock is still without equal in the clammy thrills department.

| Original Score: 4/4
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Masterpiece of voyeurism.

Full Review | Original Score: A
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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January 1, 2000

One of the finest ever committed to celluloid!

Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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January 1, 2000

In an impressive oeuvre, Rear Window is arguably the most exquisitely handcrafted feature, because Hitchcock mastered the spatial as well as behavioral coordinates of his chosen universe inch by inch.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Vincent Canby
New York Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Its appeal, which goes beyond that of other, equally masterly Hitchcock works, remains undiminished.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Restored to its original Technicolor grandeur!

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The clearest example of a Hitchcock movie that functions on dual levels: It's both mousetrap and abyss.

Mike Clark
USA Today
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Masterpiece!

| Original Score: 4/4
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Surely one of Alfred Hitchcock's best entertainments.

Elizabeth Weitzman
Film.com
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Although it's an intensely intimate film, there's something special about taking your seat in the theater as though you're pulling up right next to L.B. Jefferies (James Stewart).

Richard T. Jameson
Mr. Showbiz
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January 1, 2000

Rear Window is the epitome of Hollywood class.

William Brogdon
Variety
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January 1, 2000

Hitchcock combines technical and artistic skills in a manner that makes this an unusually good piece of murder mystery entertainment.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Since the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic is all about the voyeuristic instinct, the better the view, the more sensational the experience.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Rear Window lovingly invests in suspense all through the film, banking it in our memory, so that when the final payoff arrives, the whole film has been the thriller equivalent of foreplay.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4