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North by Northwest Reviews

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October 18, 2017
As the template for a certain kind of old-school confection - Cold War, Wrong Man - it's unbeatable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 17, 2017
Hitchcock is such a master of suspense that not many frames have passed before the audience has achieved complete identification with the characters and is knowing the thrill of vicarious fear and the shared pleasures of love and passion.
December 30, 2012
...a tenuously engaging thriller that could've used a few more passes through the editing bay...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 16, 2012
The iconic actors give memorable performances, the story is perfectly pitched and fiercely clever and under the astounding directorial eye of Alfred Hitchcock - American Cinematic God - it's nearly flawless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 27, 2011
It has all the classic elements of a Hitchcock film - well timed suspense, an overall mystery, a compelling cast and some brilliantly conceived scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2011
Witty Hitchcock thriller. Not for little ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2010
ideal introduction to the Master and all his basic fears and craftsmanship
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 8, 2009
The picture is hugely pleased with itself, but it's too funny and expertly calibrated to mind in the least.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 23, 2009
One of Hitchcock's most enjoyable and entertaining films is also one of his most quintessential works, dealing with thematic and visual ideas well ahead of their time, as for example the notion of fluid identity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 19, 2009
Hitchcock breezes through a tongue-in-cheek, nightmarish plot with a lightness of touch that's equalled by a charming performance from Grant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 19, 2009
North by Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock's very own adrenalin-fuelled action blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 19, 2009
The romcom suspense caper is a cinematic recipe that Alfred Hitchcock took with him to his grave; certainly I can't imagine anyone now succeeding in blending thrills, spills, caresses and laughs the way he did in this sublime classic from 1959.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 19, 2009
Hitchcock succeeded in wanting to give popcorn munchers a movie to smile at. And he was never this playful again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 19, 2009
Ernest Lehman's cheeky script, Bernard Herrmann's score and several sizzling set-pieces deliver a rush of pure joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 19, 2009
Welcome and much needed proof that great action movies don't have to be meaningless and moronic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 19, 2009
Cary Grant's suave adman Roger O Thornhill finds himself in mortal peril as the innocent man-on-the-run, yet the tone throughout is buoyantly, almost insolently, comic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 19, 2009
The velvety villainy of James Mason, the crop duster chase and the thrilling finale scrambling around Mount Rushmore are just part of the pleasure in a classic that deserves to be seen on the big screen.
June 19, 2009
See it again and you'll come away marvelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
April 23, 2009
Smoothly troweled and thoroughly entertaining.
March 27, 2009
Not Hitchcock's most profound work, but a tightly conceived, expertly executed thriller from the master of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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