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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Critic Reviews for Hitchcock
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.
An overly literal idea of the brilliant director, but an entertaining visit to the set of a horror classic.
Filmed with lots of style and a macabre sense of humor the master himself would have enjoyed.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
|Alfred Hitchcock:||No American movie has ever found it necessary to show a toilet let alone to flush one|
|Alfred Hitchcock:||No American movie has ever found it necessary to show a toilet let alone to flush one.|
|Peggy:||I think I'll never have another shower again.|
|Alfred Hitchcock:||Not now Mr.Gein.|
|Janet Leigh:||I'm just curious about this shower scene.|