Critic Consensus: Though it suffers from tonal inconsistency and a lack of truly insightful retrospection, Hitchcock is elevated by inspired performances from its two distinguished leads.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for some violent images, sexual content and thematic material)|
|Directed By:||Sacha Gervasi|
|Written By:||Stephen Rebello, Sacha Gervasi, John J. McLaughlin|
|In Theaters:||Nov 23, 2012 Limited|
|On DVD:||Mar 12, 2013|
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as Alfred Hitchcock
as Alma Reville
as Janet Leigh
as Vera Miles
as Anthony Perkins
as Whitfield Cook
as Peggy Robertson
as Lew Wasserman
as Ed Gein
as Geoffrey Shurlock
as Barney Balaban
as Joe Stefano
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Critic Reviews for Hitchcock
Wallows in fat jokes and wink-wink nudge-nudge references that anybody with even a passing knowledge of cinema history will find eye-rollingly obvious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
|Alfred Hitchcock:||No American movie has ever found it necessary to show a toilet let alone to flush one.|
|Peggy:||I think I'll never have another shower again.|
|Alfred Hitchcock:||Not now Mr.Gein.|
|Janet Leigh:||I'm just curious about this shower scene.|
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