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Oscar® Winners Anthony Hopkins (Actor, The Silence of the Lambs, 1991) and Helen Mirren (Actress, The Queen, 2006) are spellbinding in this provocative story about the making of one of cinema’s most iconic films. Plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt, Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) becomes obsessed with a grisly murder story that the studios won’t back. Determined, he risks his reputation, his home and even the love of his wife Alma (Mirren), as he sets out to make the film. Ultimately, Hitch wins Alma over, and the two collaborate to create an enduring masterpiece – Psycho.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 195
- Fresh: 121
- Rotten: 74
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: An overly literal idea of the brilliant director, but an entertaining visit to the set of a horror classic.
Fresh: It's tough work giving good face to an iconic role, yet Johansson manages to show Leigh as a thoughtful professional aware of the interpersonal booby-traps set by her director for his leading ladies.
Fresh: Filmed with lots of style and a macabre sense of humor the master himself would have enjoyed.
Rotten: There are a multitude of sordidly fascinating directions a biopic on Alfred Hitchcock could take. So, when Sacha Gervasi's flat and frothy Hitchcock concludes, it's inevitably frustrating to find this film takes such a conventional path.
AN INCONSISTENT BUT INSIGHTFUL BIOPIC
There's no denying that Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of our time. From "Vertigo" to "North by Northwest" to "The Birds", he's helmed some of the most groundbreaking horror/suspense films that every director in the genre uses as a standard to this day. So naturally, it was only a matter of time before the master auteur was given a biographical picture of his own. And while, for the most part, "Hitchcock" is an interesting fictionalized examination of the man's personal life during the production of "Psycho", his most iconic film, it also suffers from weak characterization, flimsy storytelling, and several uneven tonal shifts. The performances by Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock himself and Helen Mirren as his faithful wife Alma Reville are absolutely incredible, but everything else just seems to fall apart. Rather than give us a straightforward glimpse into the making of "Psycho", the flick only offers up small bits and pieces of the process, showing key moments like the famous shower scene come to life. The rest of the flick is filled with strange, unrelated scenes that range from Hitchcock suspecting his spouse of cheating on him to him having hallucinatory conversations with Ed Gein, the real-life serial killed behind the "Psycho" story. These sequences feel so awkwardly mismatched and out of place that they end up taking a lot away from this movie instead of enhancing it. Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel star as Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, respectively. They're the young actresses in Hitchcock's flick who must endure his leering and oftentimes cruel behavior on set. Both of them do a respectable job in their limited roles, but of course, this is Anthony Hopkins' film, and his performance is the best the flick has to offer. His transformation into Hitchcock may not bear the most striking physical resemblance to the master filmmaker, but he brings so much emotional depth and darkly comic personality to his character that it hardly matters. As for Helen Mirren, she delivers one of the best monologues of any actress this year. And although her character, Alma, more often than not gets overshadowed by her eccentric husband, her performance in this flick is a marvel to watch all its own. Danny Elfman also deserves praise for his tension-building score. Overall, "Hitchcock" is far from a masterpiece, but it's a good film on its own merits nonetheless. Mainly benefiting from a cast of distinguished actors, an array of stylish visuals, and a macabre sense of humor, this well-intentioned biopic also loses some points for its rushed pacing, disappointingly messy narrative, and by-the-numbers plot structure. It may not be the Oscar frontrunner a lot of people were hoping it would be, but if you've ever wanted to know more about one of the biggest icons in all of cinema, this decent historical drama is worth a one-time rent, but nothing more.
Very Good Movie!!
I really enjoyed this movie and never realized how much Hitchcock relied on his wife for so much input when it came to his films. I thought the acting was great and the cast was wonderful. Great film!!
Ado To Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins becomes the character so well, that you know he is Hitchcock. I am glad to see him done by Hopkins, Hitchcock is our Poe in film. Thank You!