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Critic Reviews for Rope
Apart from the tedium of waiting or someone to open that chest and discover the hidden body which the hosts have tucked away for the sake of a thrill, the unpunctuated flow of image becomes quite monotonous.
Rope is not merely a stunt that is justified by the extraordinary career that contains it, but one of the movies that makes that career extraordinary.
This still underrated masterpiece is both a brilliant technical experiment and a perverse manifesto, with James Stewart in typically ambiguous form as the lads' intellectual mentor.
Though it is above the average for thrillers, the main interest lies in its technical novelty.
While its fearless attempt to do something new makes it one of Hitchcock's most interesting movies, I can't pretend to regard it as anywhere near his best.
Audience Reviews for Rope
The long takes may be a remarkable stunt but those hidden cuts are in fact extremely distracting and obvious - and, contrary to popular belief, the film does have conventional, unmasked cuts. Even so, it benefits from tense moments and a well-written plot with great dialogue.
Alfred Hitchcock has always crafted superb films, his sense of style, the way he mounts the tension, terror and thrills is unmatched by any director that has ever stepped behind the camera. With Rope he crafts a stunning, flawless thriller that is a genre classic and is elevated by stunning performances by its lead actors. Hitchcock's direction is brilliant, and he yet again cements his reputation as one of the finest directors that has ever lived. Rope is a classic picture, one that definitely needs to be seen by genre fans, and it's a film that steadily builds up the tension, in order for the viewer to really get into the story and not turn away. Thrillers like this are hard to tope, and Rope is a flawless picture that ranks as vintage Hitchcock. With James Stewart as a lead, Hitchcock always managed to get the most with each of his performance, and having seen a few of Stewart's performances, Rope stands out, and he delivers a perfect performance, and he was one of the finest actor of the era. Rope is a short film, but it makes the most of it due to its story, which is constantly enthralling and is edge of your seat material. The pacing is effective as well and even if it's a short picture, it gets to the point, and it's very entertaining. Hitchcock was a master, and Rope is one of his finest thrillers. If you're a fan of this genre, then this is a definite must watch. With emphasis on tension, and effective storytelling, Rope is one of the finest thrillers that has ever been committed to film.
Awesome, considering the challenges of filming such a script. Really good performances.