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Stage Fright Reviews

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Christopher Null
September 13, 2004
the central ridiculousness comes off as hokey at best, insulting at worst
| Original Score: 3/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
January 28, 2006
One is strongly suspicious, after watching this helter-skelter film, that Mr. Hitchcock was much less interested in his over-all story than in individual scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 10, 2014
Hitchcock conjures a deep-rooted, irony-rich complicity of father and daughter that seems borrowed from the films of Howard Hawks and suggests the inner compass that helps to guard against chasing the wrong man.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 20, 2004
Even a lesser Hitchcock film is as good as a great film by nearly anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
February 4, 2008
Wyman is delightful as embryo actress but the choice femme spot goes to Dietrich.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Stage Fright is hardly frightening.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 15, 2014
It's an entertaining film that deserves to become a cult favorite hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 24, 2003
Often overlooked Hitchcock that's better than some of his more famous works.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2003
Fun rather than thrilling, this duplicitous tale certainly isn't Stranger On A Train, but Hitchcock's weak films are still better than most.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
December 17, 2004
Good Dietrich vehicle with the famous "false flashback"
| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 15, 2005
Blame it on the subject matter: Stage Fright, especially for postwar Hitchcock, is all elbows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 2, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 4, 2008
The issues aren't satisfactorily resolved, but Hitchcock seems to be exploring the ways in which various falsehoods -- the falsehoods of acting, storytelling, and art in general -- can lead to the truth
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
A fairly routine thriller, noted chiefly for its cheating flashback, though with much more to enjoy than its detractors -- including Hitchcock -- make out.

TV Guide
February 4, 2008
The standard British murder mystery is raised to a higher plateau by Hitchcock in Stage Fright, but still falters in comparison to the best of the master's works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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