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North by Northwest Reviews

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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
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Witty Hitchcock thriller. Not for little ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
January 1, 2000
Alfred Hitchcock's classic is as thrilling as it is witty, and contains at least two of cinema's great action set-pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
... one of those great movies that cannot withstand the barest amount of scrutiny - it is the sort of movie movie that can exist only because we are willing to collaborate with its directors and stars. Fifty years on, it keeps on ticking.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Of course, the hallmark of North by Northwest is the way in which Hitchcock develops tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 22, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
One thing I've always admired about Hitchcock is that he has a very distinctive directing style, but he never makes that style the star of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
The template for every action movie made in the last forty years.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
December 15, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
North By Northwest is still a classic, coming as it does during Hitchcock's most creative period, but it lacks that extra little taste to make it truly great.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
At times it seems Hitchcock is kidding his own penchant for the bizarre, but this sardonic attitude is so deftly handled it only enhances the thrills.
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
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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
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 29, 2004
A diverting adventure, but in truth, a little precious... Not my favorite of Hitch's later films.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Aufmuth.com
January 1, 2000
Viewer friendly, refreshingly undated, and worth as many repeat viewings as one can stomach.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
...quintessential...Hitchcock at his most playful, Cary Grant at his most debonair.
Read More | Original Score: 9/10
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