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Hitchcock

drama


Oscar® Winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are spellbinding in this provocative story about the making of one of cinema's most iconic films.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    62%
  • Audience Score
    60%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Entertaining biopic focuses on Hitch's marriage and method.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hitchcock isn't a full biopic of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock but rather a snippet of his personal and professional life as he made one of his most famous movies, Psycho. There are a few scenes of disturbing violence: the murder of a brother; a dead, bloody woman being dragged into a bathtub, and a killer who sleeps with his dead mother. The frightening shower scene from Psycho is depicted, with Hitchcock himself holding the butcher knife to elicit realistic screams from actress Janet Leigh. The language is comparatively mild ("ass," "damn"), but there are allusions to infidelity and sexual obsession, plus shots of kissing, groping, and women in their underwear.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Hitchcock is about making a movie. In what ways has the movie industry changed since Hitchcock's time? How is it the same (for example, Hitchcock says a director is only ever as good as his last project)?
  • Is this really a biopic about Hitchcock or just a small glimpse of his life? What do we not know about Hitchcock? How could you find out more?
  • The relationship between Hitchcock and his wife is explored. What do you think of their marriage? Should Alma be credited with the making of Psycho?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    62%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    60%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: I genuinely can't figure out why "Hitchcock" was made or who its target audience might be, except that it gratifies our apparently universal appetite to believe that creative geniuses are hateful freaks.

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Sunday, November 25, 2012

Rotten: There's something tonally off about the master of anxiety, neurosis and disquiet being depicted in a story this cozy.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Monday, November 26, 2012

Fresh: "Hitchcock" is, well, fun. More fun than good, really.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, November 29, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Hitchcock is a nicely done semi-biography of the life of Alfred Hitchcock during the making of Psycho, his most successful film. For fans of Hitchcock, and especially Psycho, it's a welcome treat. Anthony Hopkins plays Hitchcock incredibly well with some good makeup work. You never see Hopkins, just Hitchcock. I do think the best performance goes to Helen Mirren, though. She plays Hitchcock's wife Alma and gives the film the emotional pull it needs to work. The supporting cast is full of big names sporting smaller roles and they all do fine, but nothing great, with the exception of James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins. He plays him eerily similar to Perkins to the point that I wished he had more screen time. The film itself is very entertaining and doubles as a story about older couples reconnecting after letting the sparks fly away. Alma was much more important to the filmmaking process of Hitchcock's films that I thought and this film does a good job of showing that. Hitchcock has a slightly uneven tone at times, but the passion Hitchcock had for films shines through. It's nothing truly spectacular, but for fans Hitchcock is an entertaining film with a little bit of insight you may not have known about.

- jlewis07, Tuesday, April 2, 2013

3 stars

Hitchcock is a nicely done semi-biography of the life of Alfred Hitchcock during the making of Psycho, his most successful film. For fans of Hitchcock, and especially Psycho, it's a welcome treat. Anthony Hopkins plays Hitchcock incredibly well with some good makeup work. You never see Hopkins, just Hitchcock. I do think the best performance goes to Helen Mirren, though. She plays Hitchcock's wife Alma and gives the film the emotional pull it needs to work. The supporting cast is full of big names sporting smaller roles and they all do fine, but nothing great, with the exception of James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins. He plays him eerily similar to Perkins to the point that I wished he had more screen time. The film itself is very entertaining and doubles as a story about older couples reconnecting after letting the sparks fly away. Alma was much more important to the filmmaking process of Hitchcock's films that I thought and this film does a good job of showing that. Hitchcock has a slightly uneven tone at times, but the passion Hitchcock had for films shines through. It's nothing truly spectacular, but for fans Hitchcock is an entertaining film with a little bit of insight you may not have known about.

- jlewis07, Tuesday, April 2, 2013

3 stars

Behind every Psycho is a great woman. Very good movie! The movie is entitled "Hitchcock" and is based on the making of "Psycho", but in fact, it's more the story of Alma and her husband. While there is nothing wrong with that story ... in fact, it is quite interesting and entertaining ... it's just kind of false advertising. "Hitchcock" is a mix between a Hitchcock thriller, a comedy, a biopic, and a romantic drama. And I'm pretty sure that explains the negative reactions to the film. I agree that it's a strange mix but it works with what they are going for. Wanting to focus on the marriage between Alma Reville and Alfred Hitchcock, a romantic biopic can be dry, so staying true to the spirit of the legendary director, the film throws in some wry humour and frames it all with the tone of a thriller. The film's main purpose appears to just be entertaining. Which is all good, but the rather poor reception is because it could have used some depth into the interesting inner-workings of Hitchcock. At times it comes off as a superficial caricature but the man was a legend because there was so much more to him. Anthony Hopkins appeared to be exactly like Hitchcock both physically and linguistically. He got his sly and comedic mannerisms and phrasing perfect. Which fits the entertaining and humorous frame for the picture. Go see it! In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma, are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth's artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho, over everyone's misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labors on this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colors Alfred's work even as the novel's inspiration haunts his dreams.

- MANUGINO, Wednesday, March 27, 2013