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To Catch a Thief (1955)

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95

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 2

It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades -- as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

80

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades -- as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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Movie Info

A jewel thief is at large on the Riviera, and all evidence points to retired cat burglar Cary Grant. Escaping the law, Grant heads to the Cote D'Azur, where he is greeted with hostility by his old partners in crime. All of them had been pardoned due to their courageous activities in the wartime Resistance, and all are in danger of arrest thanks to this new crime wave. But Grant pleads innocence, and vows to find out who's been copying his distinctive style. With the reluctant aid of detective

PG,

Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

John Michael Hayes

Mar 24, 2009

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (2) | DVD (30)

It is a significant dud, and Grace Kelly's role has the virtue of making clearer the quality which excited so much attention in previous roles.

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic
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Grant gives his role his assured style of acting, meaning the dialog and situations benefit. Kelly, too, dresses up the sequences in more ways than one.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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One of the most lightweight (and not even particularly deceptively so) of Hitchcock's comedy-thrillers; a retreat from the implications of Rear Window into the realm of private jokes and sunny innuendo.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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To Catch a Thief does nothing but give out a good, exciting time. If you'll settle for that at a movie, you should give it your custom right now.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Alfred Hitchcock's fluffy 1955 exercise in light comedy, minimal mystery, and good-natured eroticism (the fireworks scene is a classic).

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A bubbly and effervescent Alfred Hitchcock romantic-suspenser that finds the Master in a relaxed and purely entertaining mood.

August 13, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Hitchock-lite, but highly enjoyable for it, To Catch a Thief is a visually dazzling romantic comedy with two incomparable leads.

August 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Grant and Kelly are on sparkling form, as is Jessie Royce Landis as the latter's formidable and smirky mother, and the French Riviera is beautifully captured by the Oscar-winning cinematography of Robert Burks.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Francie finds something inauthentic in Robie: "like an American in an English movie". Well, yes, perhaps. But Grant's debonair and oddly unlocatable mid-Atlantic identity is absolutely right for the part.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A fun seaside frolic, but doesn't sit long in the mind.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The whole thing is really a condensed summer holiday, all hot sun and suavity.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

It's all slight, charming and fairly forgettable.

August 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Lavishly shot in the French Riviera, this romantic thriller is vatsly entertaining due to star power of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

May 7, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A riveting, rollicking Hitchcock suspense classic.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

should keep you guessing while you have a chance to see the veiled sexual relationship between Grant and Kelly's characters

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

...has the feel of being made while on a getaway vacation.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Colorful, fun Hitchcock pairing Grant and Kelly.

March 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

A collection of VistaVision postcards.

February 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comments (2)
Film Freak Central

Hitchcock and screenwriter John Michael Hayes posited voyeuristic spectacle as the essence of cinema in Rear Window; in To Catch a Thief they validate their thesis with plenty of spectacle to be voyeuristic over.

May 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's one of Hitchcock's lightest and most purely enjoyable exercises.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Fluff, but made of spun gold, with Grant and Kelly at their glittering best.

September 9, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

The heart of the film hinges on the enjoyable C˘te d'Azur romance between Kelly and Grant.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for To Catch a Thief

I'm not sure there's anything extra special about this film, but compared to a great many, its craft and its plot are excellent. The colours are beautiful, and Grace Kelly absolutely shines. The suspicion cast on Cary Grant's character keeps you watching - and of course, guessing - right to the very end, constantly ratcheting up the tension in the way only Hitchcock can. It's one of the director's least disturbing and most accessible works, and unlike a lot of his early stuff, it doesn't feel dated - justifiably called a classic.
December 9, 2012
danperry17

Super Reviewer

This is once again Hitch making a film that's a mix of romance and thrills, although here the focus is more on the romance. That's really not a bad thing though.

The film is really straight forward, but it's still solid and good. I mean, it's about a jewel thief on the loose, with the prime suspect being a reformed cat burglar trying to move on with his life. He tries to start up a relationship with an heiress, who, despite having feelings for him, is still very suspicious of him.

What really makes the film stand out are the strong performances (decent overall, but not the best work for the performers), and the stunning cinematography, which was at least nominated for an Oscar. The locations are good too, but really come alive just for the wonderful camera work.

All in all, a solid, entertaining Hitch romp, though in the grand scheme of things, it's in the middle of his filmgraphy in terms of greatness, but that also basically means that if another director made it, it would probably be at the top of their list.
July 22, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Not the best, but when you have Cary Grant AND Grace Kelly, it's hard to hate it.
December 31, 2011
MeetMeinMontauk
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

Hitchcock uses Grant for what he's best at in this suspense/comedy classic. This is good warm up for the Grant/Hitchcock masterpiece "North By Northwest" made four years later.
November 13, 2011
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

    1. Frances Stevens: Have you ever had a better offer?
    2. John Robie (The Cat): You know as well as I do, those jewels are fake.
    3. Frances Stevens: Well I'm not.
    – Submitted by George P (8 months ago)
    1. Frances Stevens: He's a thief.
    2. Mrs. Jessie Stevens: And what did he steal from you?
    3. Frances Stevens: Oh, mother!
    4. Mrs. Jessie Stevens: Since when is love a crime?
    – Submitted by George P (8 months ago)
    1. John Robie (The Cat): You're here in Europe to buy a husband.
    2. Frances Stevens: The man I want doesn't have a price.
    3. John Robie (The Cat): That eliminates me.
    – Submitted by Hailey D (2 years ago)
    1. Frances Stevens: Would you like a leg or a breast? [Grace Kelly offers Cary Grant some chicken]
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
    1. Frances Stevens: From where I sat it looked as though you were conjugating some irregular verbs.
    – Submitted by Monica K (2 years ago)
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