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Hitchcock (12A)

Hitchcock (12A)

Biography, Drama

A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959.

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The critical consensus

This is Hitchcock for a tabloid audience: simplistic, judgemental, smug and pat. Rewatch the actual films instead.

**(*)(*)(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 15/01/2013

Somewhere between the abuser of The Girl and the cutely impish Michelin Man of Hitchcock, there’s still a fascinating, entertaining portrait of a dirty old megalomaniac waiting to be made.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 02/02/2013

An interesting, if slight, portrayal of a cinematic legend and his myriad foibles.

***(*)(*)Chris Fyvie, The Skinny, 05/02/2013

Hitchcock for dummies: brisk, jolly, well-played but oversimplified.

***(*)(*)Ian Nathan, Empire Online, 07/02/2013

Give us more, you feel yourself groaning: if anyone can take it, it is an audience that has paid to see a film about Alfred Hitchcock.

**(*)(*)(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 07/02/2013

I’m not really sure what the point of the movie is beyond giving Alma her rightful place in film history and putting her over-praised hubby back in his place - if what the picture depicts is true.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 07/02/2013

This shallow, naive biopic of the Master has had its thunder totally stolen by the far superior recent TV film.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/02/2013

Hopkins accentuates his gloominess and introspective quality while also showing the decisiveness and wit that made him such a formidable director. It's not a showy performance but it's an immensely effective one.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 07/02/2013

This superficial, star-studded dramatisation of the making of Psycho doesn’t come close to uncovering why it’s an important film.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/02/2013

Hitchcock aims to tell the “untold story”, but also functions as Alfred Hitchcock For Beginners. It’s more slight and glossy than penetrating or definitive, but the subject matter is interesting enough.

***(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 07/02/2013

Unlike Hitchcock’s work, it fades from memory almost immediately.

**(*)(*)(*)Glenn Heath Jr, Little White Lies, 07/02/2013

Don't expect much darkness or insight. Like the recent Monroe anecdote My Week With Marilyn, Hitchcock is classy, but slight – the upmarket beach-read version of a legend.

Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday, 10/02/2013

It gives a revealing picture of the last days of the big studio system and the old production code but doesn't explain why Psycho was a landmark in 20th-century popular culture. It does, however, take liberties with the facts.

Philip French, The Observer, 10/02/2013

Features about Hitchcock (12A)

How Hitchcoch's women cast a spell on fashion season after season

Lauren Cochrane, The Guardian, 15/01/2013

Who was the real Sir Alfred? 'Hitchcock' director Sacha Gervasi backs auteur against 'sadistic monster' portrayed in 'The Girl'

Nick Clark, The Independent, 22/01/2013

Hitchcock's iconic horror film Psycho was supposed to be a comedy

The Telegraph, 07/02/2013

Mrs Alfred Hitchcock: 'The Unsung Partner'

Nisha Lilia Diu, The Telegraph, 08/02/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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