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Hitchcock (2012)

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62

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 195
Fresh: 121 | Rotten: 74

Though it suffers from tonal inconsistency and a lack of truly insightful retrospection, Hitchcock is elevated by inspired performances from its two distinguished leads.

47

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 24

Though it suffers from tonal inconsistency and a lack of truly insightful retrospection, Hitchcock is elevated by inspired performances from its two distinguished leads.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 28,396

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HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock's seminal movie Psycho.

PG-13,

Drama

John J. McLaughlin, Stephen Rebello, Sacha Gervasi

Mar 12, 2013

$6.0M

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All Critics (195) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (121) | Rotten (74) | DVD (2)

Scatty, intriguing but slightly undercooked ...

February 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The movie spends too much time off the set of Psycho, where the real story was, and focuses instead on incidental matters that feel like outtakes.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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An overly literal idea of the brilliant director, but an entertaining visit to the set of a horror classic.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Filmed with lots of style and a macabre sense of humor the master himself would have enjoyed.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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It's tough work giving good face to an iconic role, yet Johansson manages to show Leigh as a thoughtful professional aware of the interpersonal booby-traps set by her director for his leading ladies.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Hopkins has been fitted out prosthetically to resemble Hitchcock and he does a reasonably good job of impersonating him, but it's a foredoomed effort.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Without Helen Mirren, James D'Arcy and a few interesting scenes, this flat, lifeless exploration of Alfred Hitchcock's making of "Psycho" lacks depth or a suitable anchor.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

There are a multitude of sordidly fascinating directions a biopic on Alfred Hitchcock could take. So, when Sacha Gervasi's flat and frothy Hitchcock concludes, it's inevitably frustrating to find this film takes such a conventional path.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

A movie about the late great director poses a question too great to ignore: how does one truly capture the idea of Hitchcock in a span of only 99 minutes? The answer is you can't, and here is a movie that, thankfully, knows that.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

If you can disregard your desire for authenticity and scrupulous historical accuracy, this is light fun with a sweet relationship at the center of it.

July 27, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The movie hits the beats, but lacks depth.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

... a slight, forgettable movie. Sometimes that's enough.

April 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Cook/Reville subplot is pretty standard stuff, so the movie is pretty lopsided, but the behind-the-scenes stuff surrounding Psycho is very compelling, even if it's not 100 percent true.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

A half-hearted, clunky stab at psychodrama.

March 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Hopkins' performance makes "Hitchcock" as much fun as one of the old episodes from "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Alternatively devilish, wry, soulful, and witty, Hitchcock presents a singing celebration of one of cinema's great unsung collaborations

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

All we mostly get to see is the sad, silent contemplation of an old, weary, prosthetically constructed man

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Occasional flair and an A-list cast are simply not enough to carry this erratic origins story.

February 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

With Hitchcock, Gervasi, maker of beguiling rock documentary Anvil, has come up with a breezy entertainment rather than an in-depth biopic. You won't find any real insights into Hitchcock's filmmaking process or his psyche.

February 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Hitchcock is both polished and crude, its accurate research not matched by original insight.

February 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Here's a film fact you should tell your friends: Alfred Hitchcock was given his first directing job by... a Brummie.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

"A nice, clean, nasty piece of work" is how Hopkins' stand-in describes the superior film within the film. Gervasi's movie is just nice and clean and that's not nearly Hitchcockian enough for a film that carries the name.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

I'm not really sure what the point of the movie is beyond giving Alma her rightful place in film history and putting her over-praised hubby back in his place - if what the picture depicts is true.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Despite amusing moments and a sprinkling of catnip for film buffs, Hitchcock is disappointingly inconsequential.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

What Gervasi and his scriptwriter John McLaughlin bring to the table are banality and predictability, quintessentially non-Hitchcockian qualities.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

What could have been an intriguing look at how Alfred Hitchcock created one of his most iconic masterpieces is instead turned into a gently entertaining romp.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Audience Reviews for Hitchcock

A voyeur peers through a hole in the wall at a woman preparing to shower, his breathing ragged, as he fantasizes about her life, her thoughts: ironically, comically, this work does just that to cinema's most honest voyeur, and fantasizes instead about his life while he was making Psycho. Fun, yah? Is any of it true? Maybe, maybe not, who cares? Like the master himself did before we are again THE VOYEUR, and get to vicariously relive peering through the hole in the wall, this time fantasizing about the guy who was fantasizing about us. That is fun. The cast, aware of the turnabout, the joke, revels in glee. How's yer ... yer breathing?
Special mention: James D'Arcy's spot on Anthony Perkins, the decision to play Janet Leigh as a Doris Day ingenue (yoiks!), and best of all the loving mindfugging between Alfred and Alma (initials: AH!).
April 10, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Slight movie. Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of Hitchcock. My husband is, and he really enjoyed this, so good one for a fan. Nicely filmed with good performances by cast.
February 8, 2014
romy861

Super Reviewer

Bearing no resemblance to the real Hitchcock, Hopkins seems like a caricature in a biopic that is only intriguing when it shows the production of Psycho but never when it focuses on his personal life - where marital conflicts and an imaginary Ed Gein are sadly contrived.
January 3, 2014
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

This is a diabolically clever and loving tribute to the Master of Suspense during the making of his groundbreaking masterpiece Psycho.

While this film does focus on the making of Psycho, it also spends a lot of time looking at some of Hitch's obsessions, quirks, the trials and tribulations he had to go through to get the movie made, and more importantly, his relationship to his wife Alma, who played a far greater role in his life than some people may realize. The film also once in a while cuts to flashes of Ed Gein, sometimes interacting with Hitch (usually in a dream) to show the influence of him on Psycho, as well as to highlight some of Hitch's thoughts and fears. There's also some playful breaking of the 4th wall as well.

The film isn't a complete or totally balanced portrayal of this wonderful director, but it nevertheless is quite satisfying. I think this film could have broad appeal, but is more rewarding if you're already familiar with Psycho, and Hitch himself.

I loved seeing the recreations of the making of Psycho, as well as the crap Hitch had to go through with various execs to get his way. As fun as this is though, the heart of the film is the relationship between Hitch and Alma. You can tell they loved one another, and sometimes have a symbiotic connection, but still squabble and butt heads, mostly due to Hitch's often stubborn nature.

I was leery when I first saw footage of Anthony Hopkins as Hitch, but he grew on me, and does a great job. Helen Mirren is absolutely fantastic as Alma, and might be the best part of this project. Scarlett Johansson in decent as Janet Leigh, Toni Collette is a delight as Hitch's secretary Peggy, and Jessica Biel is surprisingly solid, though underused as Vera Miles. As Ed Gein, Michael Wincott is creepily effective, and perfectly cast. Other notable names here include Ralph Macchio as Psycho's screenwriter, Michael Stuhlbarg as Lew Wasserman, and Kurtwood Smith as the head of the ratings board who was really critical of Psycho's subject matter.

This is a strong, and loving director tribute, but it doesn't quite reach the heights of something like Tim Burton's Ed Wood. I loved the little touches, especially the music, and the little quirky things (like using Gein). You can tell that Sacha Gervasi cares about the subject, and really wanted to do justice to the subject.

I'd say he was pretty successful. The film is a tad unbalanced and limited, but in the end is a splendid and highly enjoyable piece of work, especially if you dig on Hitch and films about filmmaking.
September 10, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

    1. Alfred Hitchcock: No American movie has ever found it necessary to show a toilet let alone to flush one.
    – Submitted by Maryam Z (15 months ago)
    1. Peggy: I think I'll never have another shower again.
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (19 months ago)
    1. Alfred Hitchcock: Not now Mr.Gein.
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (19 months ago)
    1. Janet Leigh: I'm just curious about this shower scene.
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (19 months ago)
    1. Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening.
    – Submitted by The Slightly Agitated F (19 months ago)
    1. Alfred Hitchcock: But they can't stop looking. Can they?
    – Submitted by Fernán O (20 months ago)
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