The Man Who Knew Too Much Reviews

August 6, 2019
One of Hitchcock's most unfairly overlooked accomplishments - a hidden gem in one of the cinema's most legendary careers.
October 4, 2018
I prefer stronger meat in this type of picture, but there are good performances from Edna Best, Leslie Banks and Frank Vosper.
Top Critic
October 25, 2017
The story is told in sharp, abbreviated sequences gathering speed steadily toward their explosive climax, makes The Man Who Knew Too Much one of the neatest melodramas of the year.
October 19, 2017
Despite the child kidnapping, assassination plot, and relatively high body count, this primarily plays like a comedy.
January 10, 2017
It's ultimately not difficult to see why Alfred Hitchcock chose to remake The Man Who Knew Too Much more than 20 years later...
June 2, 2015
The film is a high-water mark of British production. It is first-class cinema, and all its main virtues are essentially cinematic virtues.
March 24, 2013
Hitchcock's tone is odd, with clever set pieces and tightly-constructed and edited sequences interspersed with awkward scenes of emotional restraint ("Steady, old girl, steady") and disconnected characters.
January 17, 2013
In the final analysis, the 1934 and 1956 versions are comparable in quality for different reasons, but the greatest single component of either film can be found in this '34 edition: the great performance by Peter Lorre as a menacing criminal mastermind.
January 15, 2013
not a particularly great film, although it is filled with isolated moments of greatness and hints of masterpieces to come
August 10, 2012
The first version of this story is grim, simpler and less technically accomplished than Hitchcock's own 1956 remake; Peter Lorre, in his first English-speaking role, is scary.
March 27, 2009
This is a suberbly structured thriller whose excellence is aided and abetted by a spirited cast.
March 27, 2009
Although the film is fast and consistently clever, it is more deeply flawed than any other Hitchcock film of the period, failing to find a thematic connection between its imaginative set pieces.
March 26, 2009
An unusually fine dramatic story handled excellently from a production standpoint.
October 20, 2007
September 18, 2007
Much more fun than the more expensive and longer 1956 remake.
August 8, 2006
Directed with a fascinating staccato violence by Alfred Hitchcock, it is the swiftest screen melodrama this column can recall.
June 24, 2006
Vintage Hitchcock, with sheer wit and verve masking an implausible plot.
November 26, 2005
Ainda refinando as tcnicas que passaria a dominar com perfeio, Hitchcock cria um filme divertido, mas obviamente falho.
July 25, 2005
July 17, 2005