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North by Northwest Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
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
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Witty Hitchcock thriller. Not for little ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 27, 2010
ideal introduction to the Master and all his basic fears and craftsmanship
Full Review | Original Score: A
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
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
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
June 19, 2009
North by Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock's very own adrenalin-fuelled action blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
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
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
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

Total Film
June 19, 2009
North By Northwest is the quintessential Hitchcock thriller and one of the most exciting movies of all time. So there.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
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
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
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.

Sunday Mail [UK]
June 19, 2009
See it again and you'll come away marvelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic

TIME Magazine
April 23, 2009
Smoothly troweled and thoroughly entertaining.

Film4
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
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
March 27, 2009
Certifiable classic territory, Hitchcock's glossiest entertainment is the closest the trickster ever came to an action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
March 27, 2009
The great suspense director was at his most entertaining, creating a helter skelter action film where the hero is propelled from one breathless situation to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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