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Strangers on a Train Reviews

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 2, 2013
Rousing thriller with creative fairground scenes and much about technology.

Total Film
April 30, 2013
With typical consummate verve, Hitch unfolds a story filled with twists, turns and dramatic contrasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
May 5, 2012
Arguably one of Hitchcock's masterpieces, this intrguing film deals with all the autuer's issues, including the double motif, moral ambiguity, fine line between hero and villain.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Classic nail-biter is a must for thriller fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
August 30, 2009
Winds up with a scene in which a merry-go-round goes wild, spins like a pin wheel, and crashes in a gaudy blaze of explosions that no earthly carrousel could touch off. The movie itself is the same way: implausible but intriguing and great fun to ride.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 1, 2008
the work most necessary for a deeper appreciation of Hitchcock's late masterpieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
February 17, 2008
Even more marvelous after a second viewing
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100

February 4, 2008
Hitchcock's handling of the suspense is deadly effective and a quality cast breathe life into some delicious dialogue.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 4, 2008
Perhaps Strangers on a Train still hasn't yielded all its secrets.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Hitchcock erects a web of guilt around Granger, who 'agreed' to his wife's murder, a murder that suits him very well, and structures his film around a series of set pieces, ending with a paroxysm of violence on a circus carousel.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 14, 2005
The prototypical Hitchcock thrill ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 16, 2004
Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" is about weakness crisscrossing with evil, with evil pushing hard for the upper hand. Nobody comes away unscathed.
| Original Score: A+
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
October 27, 2004
worthy vehicle that displays Hitchcock's narrative ability and explores some of his favorite themes
Full Review | Original Score: B
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 22, 2004
Most of the film is a journey through pure Hitchcockian irony and suspense, and well worth the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 20, 2004
Patricia Highsmith's malicious writing seems perfectly suited to Alfred Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 13, 2004
Walker's creepy performance ranks among the best found in any Hitchcock film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
September 6, 2004
To ignore the subtext during the runaway carousel climax is to be absolutely blind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Athitakis
July 26, 2004
Two men, a problem, and a crime is an old theme, but the list of works that exploit it perfectly is a short one. Strangers on a Train belongs on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 15, 2004
Hitchcock was above all the master of great visual set pieces, and there are several famous sequences in Strangers on a Train.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Shawn Levy
November 28, 2003
As sleek, taut and breezy an entertainment as Hitchcock ever made, and a nice hinge moment, almost exactly in the middle of the black-and-white and color phases of his American career.
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