Hitchcock - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Hitchcock Reviews

Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 5, 2013
Scatty, intriguing but slightly undercooked ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 7, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 6, 2012
An overly literal idea of the brilliant director, but an entertaining visit to the set of a horror classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 4, 2012
Filmed with lots of style and a macabre sense of humor the master himself would have enjoyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 30, 2012
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 30, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 30, 2012
It's not exactly a perfect marriage, but Hopkins and Mirren create a funny, exasperated chemistry.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
November 30, 2012
Too much of the time "Hitchcock" plays cute and comfortable. It simply lacks weight.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 29, 2012
"Hitchcock" is an amusing lark, but the clumsy way it dissects the director is for the birds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 29, 2012
Its ambitions are modest, its payoffs pleasant enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 29, 2012
They could have subtitled it "Dial M for Muddle."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 29, 2012
Hopkins makes a wonderful Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 29, 2012
"Hitchcock" is, well, fun. More fun than good, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
November 27, 2012
Hitchcock once famously said that a good filmmaker should always "always make the audience suffer as much as possible." I don't think he meant the kind of suffering "Hitchcock" inflicts on its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 26, 2012
Hopkins' Hitch may not reveal inner demons. He's entertaining, as is Mirren. It's fun to watch them elevate a rosy assessment of a first-rate popular artist and the woman who never got the credit she deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 26, 2012
There's something tonally off about the master of anxiety, neurosis and disquiet being depicted in a story this cozy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
November 26, 2012
Gervasi's workmanlike direction and the by-the-numbers storytelling don't diminish the impact of a tale that, even in its bare outlines, is one for the ages.
Top Critic
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 25, 2012
I genuinely can't figure out why "Hitchcock" was made or who its target audience might be, except that it gratifies our apparently universal appetite to believe that creative geniuses are hateful freaks.
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 23, 2012
They make it all up, and it's still boring.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 22, 2012
Hitchcock is a stab in the dark. The film gets the suspense part of Alfred Hitchcock right, but for the wrong reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 22, 2012
An entertaining, economical and thoroughly enjoyable glimpse into a familiar artist's creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 22, 2012
"Hitchcock" rings false from start to finish.
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 22, 2012
It's fluff. But while its dim fantasies about Hitchcock and the association of genius with psychosis can be written off as silly, they also smack of spiteful jealousy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 22, 2012
Anthony Hopkins nails the look and sound of the director, but the film itself is uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 22, 2012
You won't actually learn much about Alfred Hitchcock from Sacha Gervasi's briskly superficial biopic. But you'll enjoy the experience anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
November 22, 2012
Trying to carve out a space between black comedy and straight evocation of a difficult but rewarding marriage, the movie never settles on a tone.
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 22, 2012
It's all surface and formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 22, 2012
Its protagonists turn out to be not especially interesting and the audience is not presented any convincing reason to care about what happens in their lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 22, 2012
[Gervasi's] Hitchcock goes only a step beyond caricature.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Dana Stevens
Slate
November 22, 2012
A pleasant but unambitious, small-scale biopic ...
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 21, 2012
The movie opens with a goofy sequence mimicking the TV show, so you know immediately that this will be as lightweight and undemanding a Hollywood fable as My Week With Marilyn.
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 21, 2012
A good-natured study in ... film-nerd humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2012
Anthony Hopkins, superb actor although he is, would not seem to be an obvious choice to play Hitchcock, but I accepted him. His makeup job is transformative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 20, 2012
One of the best movies of 2012.
Top Critic
Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 20, 2012
Pardon us, Mother Bates, may we borrow your knife?
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 20, 2012
Sacha Gervasi's broadly enjoyable pop-art biopic about Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho ...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 20, 2012
Hitchcock is a movie about bygone Hollywood that's distinctly a product of Hollywood circa now.
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 20, 2012
Hopkins catches the essence of Hitchcock as artist and con man. And Mirren is stellar as his wife and secret weapon. The pleasure of their company adds sparkle to this unexpectedly poignant look at a career and a marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
November 20, 2012
[Gervasi's] Hitch is a portly, naughty cutie-pie who delights in showing off crime-scene photos to his assembled luncheon guests. What a cutup! Don't you just want to hug him?
Top Critic
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 20, 2012
[A] snappy adaptation of Stephen Rebello's acclaimed nonfiction account Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 20, 2012
It's Hopkins' impersonation of the larger-than-life title figure that holds the movie together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 19, 2012
'Hitchcock' is the 'JFK' of movies about moviemaking, but at least Oliver Stone had the excuse of Jim Garrison's "findings" to hang his loony fiction on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
David Germain
Associated Press
November 19, 2012
If "Hitchcock" ultimately feels inconsequential, it always aims to please, and for the most part, it does.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Justin Chang
Variety
November 5, 2012
Hitchcock offers almost zero insight into the peculiar workings of creative genius, or into the rich, taboo-shattering legacy of the film whose making it documents.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 5, 2012
Hitchcock might be a work of fantasy and speculation as much as it is history and biography, but as an interpretation of a major talent's inner life and imagination, it's undeniably lively and provocative.
Top Critic
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
November 3, 2012
As the title implies, it focuses more on the master of suspense than his mastery.
Full Review | Original Score: B