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Topaz Reviews

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David Parkinson
Radio Times
October 11, 2015
Prhaps the poorest film of [Hitchcock's] Hollywood career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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TIME Magazine
October 11, 2015
At 70, Hitchcock seems suddenly to have forgotten his own recipe.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 11, 2015
Few directors are capable of this kind of structural experimentation so late in their careers, and Hitchcock deserves much credit for his audacity.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 11, 2015
Tt is a technically accomplished film, and its narrative is robust and complex, even if its destination is ultimately of no great significance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 7, 2013
One of Hitchcock's weaker films, this Cold War espionage tale lacks tension and suspense but it bears some artistic merits, including color scheme.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
December 20, 2011
It is a technically accomplished film, and its narrative is robust and complex, even if its destination is ultimately of no great significance.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Topaz tends to move more solidly and less infectiously than many of Alfred Hitchcock's best remembered pix. Yet Hitchcock brings in a full quota of twists and tingling moments.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 10, 2008
The muddled Samuel Taylor screenplay smelled so bad I wouldn't wrap fish in it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 5, 2006
Not Hitchcock's best work, but Hitchcock nevertheless.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
[Topaz] might appeal to devotees of Le Carré et al, but it certainly doesn't make for dramatically exciting cinema, especially given Hitchcock's flat, seemingly uninterested direction. The bland performances don't help much, either.

Film4
March 1, 2005
Below-par for Hitchcock.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 16, 2004
Rather tedious Hitchcock, but still heads above most suspensers.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 2, 2004
Not Alfred Hitchcock at his best.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 6, 2002
Possibly Hitchcock's worst movie. A crashing bore.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
March 27, 2001
Hitchcock's notorious reliance on stock footage and his affection for blue screening rather than adding veracity or contributing to the artifice of the filmmaking process, make it seem like his heart isn't really in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Topaz is not only most entertaining. It is, like so many Hitchcock films, a cautionary fable by one of the most moral cynics of our time.
Moriarty
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
June 23, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 18, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
September 2, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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