Torn Curtain Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 21, 2012
Hitchcock's 50th feature is one of his weakest, but it's worth seeing for the place it occupies in the master's career, his attempt to come to terms with the new movie market, genres, and tastes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

Film4
March 20, 2012
While there are some undeniably tense moments, this is Hitchcock on autopilot, and quite unrewarding.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 20, 2012
Alfred Hitchcock's 1966 spy thriller has one of the lowest reputations of his late works. Coming after a masterpiece like Marnie, it almost had to be a disappointment. But Hitchcock was incapable of making an uninteresting film.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 20, 2012
Dull and way too long, Torn Curtain is only memorable for one very shocking and brutal scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 18, 2008
Hitchcock freshens up his bag of tricks in a good potpourri which becomes a bit stale through a noticeable lack of zip and pacing.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 16, 2008
A strangely muted, dull effort, though still worthy of attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
August 7, 2006
Hitchcock's fiftieth film retains Marnie's super-fake process shots and soundstage sets, but renders them in near-abstract minimalism, creating a world of utter sterility.
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
February 14, 2006
Torn Curtain is not a total disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
An above-average quota of glaringly shaky process work; but at least one classic sequence of protracted violence in a farmhouse kitchen.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 28, 2005
Can be viewed as a vastly underrated work.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
One of Mr. Hitchcock's most underrated efforts.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 19, 2004
Taut, violent, but only average Hitch
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 11, 2003
Second tier Hitch, but watchable.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 30, 2003
Hitchcock misses the mark in this latter-day spy thriller. Not one of his best.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
March 27, 2001
Torn Curtain begins as a promising political thriller, but winds up as a slightly disappointing effort, a minor chord in the master's cinematic concerto.
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
January 1, 2000
In these times, with James Bonds cutting capers and pallid spies coming in out of the cold, Mr. Hitchcock will have to give us something a good bit brighter to keep us amused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 21, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
July 22, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 24, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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