Hitchcock

2012

Hitchcock (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Though it suffers from tonal inconsistency and a lack of truly insightful retrospection, Hitchcock is elevated by inspired performances from its two distinguished leads.

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HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock's seminal movie Psycho.

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Cast

Anthony Hopkins
as Alfred Hitchcock
Helen Mirren
as Alma Reville
Scarlett Johansson
as Janet Leigh
Jessica Biel
as Vera Miles
James D'Arcy
as Anthony Perkins
Danny Huston
as Whitfield Cook
Toni Collette
as Peggy Robertson
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Lew Wasserman
Kurtwood Smith
as Geoffrey Shurlock
Richard Portnow
as Barney Balaban
Ralph Macchio
as Joe Stefano
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Critic Reviews for Hitchcock

All Critics (212) | Top Critics (46)

Scatty, intriguing but slightly undercooked ...

Feb 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The movie spends too much time off the set of Psycho, where the real story was, and focuses instead on incidental matters that feel like outtakes.

Dec 7, 2012 | Rating: 1/4

An overly literal idea of the brilliant director, but an entertaining visit to the set of a horror classic.

Dec 6, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Filmed with lots of style and a macabre sense of humor the master himself would have enjoyed.

Dec 4, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It's tough work giving good face to an iconic role, yet Johansson manages to show Leigh as a thoughtful professional aware of the interpersonal booby-traps set by her director for his leading ladies.

Nov 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

Hopkins has been fitted out prosthetically to resemble Hitchcock and he does a reasonably good job of impersonating him, but it's a foredoomed effort.

Nov 30, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hitchcock

A voyeur peers through a hole in the wall at a woman preparing to shower, his breathing ragged, as he fantasizes about her life, her thoughts: ironically, comically, this work does just that to cinema's most honest voyeur, and fantasizes instead about his life while he was making Psycho. Fun, yah? Is any of it true? Maybe, maybe not, who cares? Like the master himself did before we are again THE VOYEUR, and get to vicariously relive peering through the hole in the wall, this time fantasizing about the guy who was fantasizing about us. That is fun. The cast, aware of the turnabout, the joke, revels in glee. How's yer ... yer breathing? Special mention: James D'Arcy's spot on Anthony Perkins, the decision to play Janet Leigh as a Doris Day ingenue (yoiks!), and best of all the loving mindfugging between Alfred and Alma (initials: AH!).

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Slight movie. Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of Hitchcock. My husband is, and he really enjoyed this, so good one for a fan. Nicely filmed with good performances by cast.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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½

Bearing no resemblance to the real Hitchcock, Hopkins seems like a caricature in a biopic that is only intriguing when it shows the production of Psycho but never when it focuses on his personal life - where marital conflicts and an imaginary Ed Gein are sadly contrived.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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This is a diabolically clever and loving tribute to the Master of Suspense during the making of his groundbreaking masterpiece Psycho. While this film does focus on the making of Psycho, it also spends a lot of time looking at some of Hitch's obsessions, quirks, the trials and tribulations he had to go through to get the movie made, and more importantly, his relationship to his wife Alma, who played a far greater role in his life than some people may realize. The film also once in a while cuts to flashes of Ed Gein, sometimes interacting with Hitch (usually in a dream) to show the influence of him on Psycho, as well as to highlight some of Hitch's thoughts and fears. There's also some playful breaking of the 4th wall as well. The film isn't a complete or totally balanced portrayal of this wonderful director, but it nevertheless is quite satisfying. I think this film could have broad appeal, but is more rewarding if you're already familiar with Psycho, and Hitch himself. I loved seeing the recreations of the making of Psycho, as well as the crap Hitch had to go through with various execs to get his way. As fun as this is though, the heart of the film is the relationship between Hitch and Alma. You can tell they loved one another, and sometimes have a symbiotic connection, but still squabble and butt heads, mostly due to Hitch's often stubborn nature. I was leery when I first saw footage of Anthony Hopkins as Hitch, but he grew on me, and does a great job. Helen Mirren is absolutely fantastic as Alma, and might be the best part of this project. Scarlett Johansson in decent as Janet Leigh, Toni Collette is a delight as Hitch's secretary Peggy, and Jessica Biel is surprisingly solid, though underused as Vera Miles. As Ed Gein, Michael Wincott is creepily effective, and perfectly cast. Other notable names here include Ralph Macchio as Psycho's screenwriter, Michael Stuhlbarg as Lew Wasserman, and Kurtwood Smith as the head of the ratings board who was really critical of Psycho's subject matter. This is a strong, and loving director tribute, but it doesn't quite reach the heights of something like Tim Burton's Ed Wood. I loved the little touches, especially the music, and the little quirky things (like using Gein). You can tell that Sacha Gervasi cares about the subject, and really wanted to do justice to the subject. I'd say he was pretty successful. The film is a tad unbalanced and limited, but in the end is a splendid and highly enjoyable piece of work, especially if you dig on Hitch and films about filmmaking.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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