Strangers on a Train Reviews

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TIME Magazine
August 30, 2009
Winds up with a scene in which a merry-go-round goes wild, spins like a pin wheel, and crashes in a gaudy blaze of explosions that no earthly carrousel could touch off. The movie itself is the same way: implausible but intriguing and great fun to ride.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 4, 2008
Perhaps Strangers on a Train still hasn't yielded all its secrets.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Hitchcock erects a web of guilt around Granger, who 'agreed' to his wife's murder, a murder that suits him very well, and structures his film around a series of set pieces, ending with a paroxysm of violence on a circus carousel.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 15, 2004
Hitchcock was above all the master of great visual set pieces, and there are several famous sequences in Strangers on a Train.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
February 13, 2001
Given a good basis for a thriller in the Patricia Highsmith novel and a first-rate script, Hitchcock embroiders the plot into a gripping, palm-sweating piece of suspense.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
January 1, 2000
...his basic premise of fear fired by menace is so thin and so utterly unconvincing that the story just does not stand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5