Vertigo Reviews

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Top Critic
June 1, 2011

Hitchcock's most tender story.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TIME Magazine
Top Critic
April 20, 2009

The old master, now a slave to television, has turned out another Hitchcock-and-bull story in which the mystery is not so much who done it as who cares.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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April 20, 2009

One of the landmarks -- not merely of the movies, but of 20th-century art.

David Ansen
Newsweek
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August 18, 2008

Why is this movie Hitchcock's masterpiece? Because no movie plunges us more deeply into the dizzying heart of erotic obsession.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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January 26, 2006

Slow but totally compelling.

Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
February 13, 2001

James Stewart, on camera almost constantly, comes through with a startlingly fine performance as the lawyer-cop who suffers from acrophobia.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

There is a glumness to the film that is notably missing from the director's other films of the period.

Robert Horton
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

One of the things that still amazes me about this movie is the way its study of obsession is so single-minded.

Mike Clark
USA Today
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January 1, 2000

You watch this guy going slowly over the brink and realize, good grief, this is Jimmy Stewart.

| Original Score: 4/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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January 1, 2000

It is about how Hitchcock used, feared and tried to control women.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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January 1, 2000

From a craft standpoint, Vertigo represents the director in peak form.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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January 1, 2000

The lure of death, the power of the past, the guilty complicity of a clean-cut hero, the near-fetishistic use of symbol and color: these Hitchcock hallmarks are all mesmerizingly on view.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Do yourself an aesthetic favor: Take the plunge.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

There! No more hints! Coming or not? What more's to say? Well, nothing, except that Vertigo is performed in the manner expected of all performers in Hitchcock films.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

In its dark heart, the film is a sorrowful contemplation of love and the veils that manipulate sexual passions.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4