Notorious Reviews

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October 22, 2019
The first love-scene between Miss Bergman and Mr. Grant is the most incandescent interlude ever to reach the screen.
August 19, 2019
Sometimes bleakly humorous, frequently unbearably tense. Bergman and Grant spark off each other perfectly. (4K restoration)
August 13, 2019
There are more obviously Hitchcockian films, like the big Technicolor masterpieces he made in the 1950s - Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo - but nothing quite matches the sense of danger Hitchcock found in his stars in Notorious.
August 9, 2019
Hitchcock's most emotionally nuanced and most adult depiction of relationships feels as vital as ever.
August 7, 2019
It's completely hypnotic: from the twisting strands of a plot defying us fully to trust anyone, to those Hitchcock specials, the shots and scenes where the camera too is a lethal conspiracist.
August 6, 2019
The sequence where Grant and Bergman discover Rains' secret in the wine cellar is textbook suspense, and it's easy to see why Hitchcock was the master at this kind of filmmaking.
January 21, 2019
A brilliant motion picture that resonates on any number of levels.
November 5, 2018
Doesn't carry the cine-psychological virtuosity of Hitchock's best work but still shows his ability to infuse what is essentially hokum material with a superior, gothic feel.
July 17, 2017
One of the film's greatest ironies is that it is one of the muddiest of Hitchcock's films to interpret.
July 21, 2015
It would be far too harsh to label Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious an all-out bomb, but it's equally difficult to refer to the movie as a wholeheartedly effective (and affecting) success.
August 5, 2014
The virtuoso sequences -- the long kiss, the crane shot into the door key -- are justly famous, yet the film's real brilliance is in its subtle and detailed portrayal of infinitely perverse relationships.
August 5, 2014
This dark romantic thriller isn't as thematically complex or technically audacious as some of Alfred Hitchcock's later classics. But it's still hard to beat for pure, polished entertainment.
August 5, 2014
Notorious is in the world of film noir but not of it; it's a tough and dark film that's also one of the finest women's pictures ever made.
March 6, 2012
writing about it is almost as intimidating as pretending that there's anything new to say about it. But here goes.
February 23, 2012
Production and directorial skill of Alfred Hitchcock combine with a suspenseful story and excellent performances to make Notorious force entertainment.
February 11, 2012
Romantic melodrama. If contemporary viewers think of "Notorious" in those terms, it will still strike them as the classic it's become.
February 6, 2012
as much of a romance as it is a spy thriller
April 28, 2011
Hitchcock's second masterpiece (after Shadow of a Doubt) is a richly dense meditation on romantic love, featuring exquisite performances by Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant.
February 13, 2009
A nearly flawless espionage thriller that has been mimicked many times since, but never equaled.
January 16, 2009
It's the accuracy, efficiency and control of Hitchcock's direction that most impress. They enable him to dovetail the film's thriller format and romantic story to dizzying, expressive and unique effect.
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