Psycho (1960)

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Critic Consensus: Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre. Because Psycho was filmed with tact, grace, and art, Hitchcock didn't just create modern horror, he validated it.


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In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was already famous as the screen's master of suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in the world) when he released Psycho and forever changed the shape and tone of the screen thriller. From its first scene, in which an unmarried couple balances pleasure and guilt in a lunchtime liaison in a cheap hotel (hardly a common moment in a major studio film in 1960), Psycho announced that it was taking the audience to places it had never been before, and on that … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph Stefano
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On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures

Cast


as Norman Bates

as Marion Crane

as Lila Crane

as Arbogast

as Sheriff

as Dr. Richmond

as Millionaire

as Mrs. Chambers

as George Lowery

as California Charlie

as Highway Patrolman

as District Attorney

as Chief of Police

as Official

as Woman Customer

as Police Guard

as Man Outside Office i...

as Bob Summerfield

as Perkins' Double in S...

as Leigh's Double in Sh...

as Norma Bates (uncredi...

as Norma Bates (uncredi...
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Critic Reviews for Psycho

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (12)

The obvious thing to say is that Hitch has done it again; that the suspense of his picture builds up slowly but surely to an almost unbearable pitch of excitement.

Full Review… | June 16, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Hitchcock is the most-daring avant-garde film-maker in America today.

Full Review… | October 8, 2012
Village Voice
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The best that can be said is there are bats in the belfry and a well-preserved corpse in the basement. What else can one do but scream?

Full Review… | October 27, 2010
Time Out
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It blazed a bloody trail for the much-loved slasher cycle, but it also assured us that a B-movie could be A-grade in quality and innovation.

Full Review… | April 1, 2010
Time Out
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Director Hitchcock bears down too heavily in this one, and the delicate illusion of reality necessary for a creak-and-shriek movie becomes, instead, a spectacle of stomach-churning horror.

Full Review… | October 7, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Even now, it's distinctly unnerving.

Full Review… | October 8, 2014
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for Psycho

½

What can one say about one of America Cinemas great movies. Classic film from the master of suspense. Iconic scenes and acting abound!

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John Manard

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½

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Hitchcock's classic "comedy" featuring the world's most famous mother's boy is one of the most influential films ever made; every serial killer and slasher movie owes something to this, one of the true greats of cinema. Unfortunately, as the character of Norman Bates is SO infamous, this is one of those films I wish I could forget I had ever seen and watch it with fresh eyes, but it is still fascinating to watch the awkwardly shy and fresh-faced Anthony Perkins knowing how the story plays out, especially during the exchange between he and Janet Leigh in the parlour. The only minor flaw is the fact that the first act is stronger than the second inevitably meaning a slight anti-climax, especially since the final scenes include the psychiatrist's speech explaining all which is clearly irrelevant in this day and age when the concept of multiple personalities is common knowledge. This is countered however by the brilliantly creepy final shot of Perkins as "mother", who wouldn't even hurt a fly...One of those films that I still find gripping every time I see it.

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