Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Feb 9, 2013
    40
    A disappointing excursion into movie history.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Feb 4, 2013
    60
    Hitchcock for dummies: brisk, jolly, well-played but oversimplified.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 7, 2012
    60
    Hitchcock purists will certainly take issue with some details, but Gervasi's film shouldn't be taken as an ironclad factual film docudrama. Rather, it is fact-inspired fiction -- a film based on real events but one that isn't shy about taking creative liberties. As long as viewers keep that in mind, Gervasi's stands to be a nice bit of murderous fun.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Dec 6, 2012
    67
    There's fun to be had in the re-creation of indelible screen moments, including several with Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh and James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins.
  5. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Dec 6, 2012
    25
    Hitchcock spends too much time off the set of Psycho, where the real story was, and focuses instead on incidental matters that feel like outtakes. Mother would not have been pleased.
  6. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Dec 6, 2012
    75
    Mirren simply is, and she takes Hitchcock up a notch with every look and line.
  7. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Dec 5, 2012
    50
    This film is more a love story about the marriage between Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), rather than a historically accurate backstage look at the making of this important movie in the Hitchcock filmography and the American psyche.
  8. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 5, 2012
    75
    A movie as fun as it is flawed.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 30, 2012
    63
    Hitchcock is an amusing lark, but the clumsy way it dissects the director is for the birds.
  10. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 29, 2012
    75
    Jessica Biel is Vera Miles, the star who had the nerve to get pregnant when Hitchcock wanted her for "Vertigo." He feels betrayed, and she feels relieved, consigned to a supporting role in Psycho as Marion's sister. And Toni Collette, in glasses and a dark wig, is Hitchcock's long-suffering secretary, Peggy. Both Biel and Collette are very good, engaging.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 26, 2012
    63
    I prefer [HBO's Hitchcock biopic] "The Girl," not because of its salaciousness but because it gets at something underneath the great (truly, great) director's skin.
  12. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Nov 23, 2012
    50
    For all his creepy tendencies, Hitchcock is portrayed mostly sympathetically in Hitchcock, in which Sir Anthony Hopkins plays the corpulent British auteur with a combination of hauteur and playfulness.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Nov 23, 2012
    63
    Though the film is titled Hitchcock and ostensibly centers on the legendary director, we get a better sense of the women around him than the enigmatic filmmaker.
  14. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Nov 23, 2012
    63
    Hitchcock unspools at that deliciously silly juncture where biography meets fallacy. Translation: Any director who could crank out Psycho must be a crackpot himself.
  15. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 23, 2012
    75
    Hitchcock isn't ambitious or complicated. It's simple, does what it sets out to do, and gets out before anyone even thinks about checking the time. More movies should be made in its image.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 23, 2012
    50
    Hopkins has been fitted out prosthetically to resemble Hitchcock and he does a reasonably good job of impersonating him, but it's a foredoomed effort.
  17. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Nov 23, 2012
    38
    This is all a long way of saying that the best way to better understand the man who made those and dozens of other movies is simply to see them. There's no case to be made for a mangy shortcut like Hitchcock. It's all surface and formula.
  18. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 23, 2012
    70
    Hitchcock is, well, fun. More fun than good, really. It feels weird to call it a disappointment, because it is entertaining. But you can't help feeling a little shortchanged on the deep-thinking front.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Nov 23, 2012
    10
    Hitchcock rings false from start to finish.
  20. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 23, 2012
    60
    Despite its definitive title, you won't actually learn much about Alfred Hitchcock from Sacha Gervasi's briskly superficial biopic. But you'll enjoy the experience anyway.
  21. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Nov 23, 2012
    50
    Making his feature debut, director Sacha Gervasi follows up his fine documentary "Anvil: The Story Of Anvil" with another story about the perils of uncompromising creative endeavor, but his Hitchcock goes only a step beyond caricature.
  22. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 23, 2012
    60
    Hitchcock puts major league star power at the service of its peek-behind-closed-doors premise. But whatever that relationship was like in real life, this is one cinematic portrait of a marriage we could have lived without.
  23. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 23, 2012
    60
    The movie has its diversions, including Scarlett Johansson's bodacious Janet Leigh and Michael Stuhlbarg's wheedling Lew Wasserman. It's fluff. But while its dim fantasies about Hitchcock and the association of genius with psychosis can be written off as silly, they also smack of spiteful jealousy.
  24. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Nov 23, 2012
    60
    The film never coheres. Trying to carve out a space between black comedy and straight evocation of a difficult but rewarding marriage, the movie never settles on a tone.
  25. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Nov 21, 2012
    50
    I wouldn't recommend Hitchcock to cinephiles seeking a bold new take on the master's life or work, but if all you want is to while away the afternoon in the company of some excellent actors in plummy period costume, Gervasi's film is not without its pleasures.
  26. Reviewed by: Charlie Schmidlin
    Nov 21, 2012
    50
    That feeling of utter disposability pervades throughout the film, underlining the missteps of Gervasi by aiming for breezy entertainment while forgetting to pause and inject some genuine emotion in there as well.
  27. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 21, 2012
    75
    When Hopkins' Hitch directs the audience by waving his hands like a symphony conductor - it's a nice callback to a Hannibal Lecter highlight - it's one of the best scenes of the year: a delightfully personal way to show how the story of "Psycho" concluded.
  28. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 20, 2012
    75
    Hitchcock tells the story not so much as the making of the film, but as the behind-the-scenes relationship of Alma and Hitch. This is a disappointment, since I imagine most movie fans will expect more info about the film's production history.
  29. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 20, 2012
    83
    It's a perfect summation of why he was the ultimate filmmaker.
  30. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Nov 20, 2012
    70
    It's a feel-good frolic, which is fine for anyone who prefers their Hitchcock history tidied up, absent the megalomania, the condescending cruelty and tendency to sexual harassment that caused his post-Psycho blonde discovery Tippi Hedren to declare him "a mean, mean man."
  31. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Nov 20, 2012
    50
    The change in title from book to film is instructive: Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is about a filmmaker and the making of a film; Hitchcock is a half-ass attempt to demystify a larger-than-life man who put himself front and center while remaining enigmatic, a master at revealing a little in order to conceal a lot.
  32. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 20, 2012
    40
    Too-cutesy conceits such as Hitch's imagined conversations with serial killer Ed Gein (Michael Wincott) feebly attempt to ground the story in psychological terra firma, while horribly on-the-nose dialogue flatters those viewers who prefer to keep their sense of cinema history on fan-mag frivolous levels.
  33. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 20, 2012
    75
    Hopkins and Mirren are acting pros in stellar form. There's no way you want to miss the pleasure of their company in a movie that offers a sparkling and unexpectedly poignant look at how to sustain a career and a marriage.
  34. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Nov 20, 2012
    100
    This is one of the best movies of 2012. With rich performances, a riveting and articulate screenplay, meticulous direction and enough grounded emotional intensity to keep your pulse pounding, Hitchcock grabs you by the lapels like a suspense classic by Hitch himself - a knockout from start to finish.
  35. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 20, 2012
    75
    Anthony Hopkins is probably a shoe-in for an Oscar nomination.
  36. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Nov 18, 2012
    80
    A "Good Evening" indeed at the movies.
  37. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Nov 16, 2012
    12
    If you've ever seen Psycho, or even if you know anything at all about the film, Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock would like to congratulate you on your savvy.
  38. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Nov 12, 2012
    80
    This narrative directing debut by Sacha Gervasi remains absorbing and aptly droll despite a few dramatic ups and downs and, led by large performances by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.
  39. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 12, 2012
    75
    Hitchcock largely succeeds at pulling back the veil on his off-camera personality. To a larger degree, it reveals the level of influence of his devoted wife and screenwriter Alma (Helen Mirren) on both his personal life and career.
  40. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Nov 12, 2012
    50
    Hitchcock is a diverting but dramatically insipid account of how the Master of Suspense took his biggest gamble and delivered his greatest success with "Psycho."
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Jan 13, 2013
    7
    Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" title comes off a bit misleading, suggesting that the film to be a definitive biopic; an extensive, in-depth look into the life and career of the of one of the finest directors ever. However, the movie is really just a dramatization of the making of Hitchcock's "Psycho," where in historical facts are accompanied by embellishments and simplifications that serve to add humor and conflict. "Hitchcock" centers on the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the making of Psycho, a controversial horror film that subsequently became one of the most acclaimed and influential works in the filmmaker's career.
    Anthony Hopkins is superb the title role, fitted with impeccable makeup and prosthetics, and Mirren is equally as impressive. This makes for a reasonably enjoyable watch for the audience, but viewers are unlikely to learn anything new of consequence about the Master of Suspense. I wouldn't suggest that you spend $10 on a ticket for this one, but a fine film to rent in a couple of months.
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  2. Dec 25, 2012
    9
    Anyone who can resist Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren at the top of their form is a better man than I. There are subplots during which the film tends to lose impact and focus, but it's not long before Hopkins and Mirren resume their master class in screen acting. Their eyes convey more than speech. Full Review »
  3. Dec 4, 2012
    10
    Great acting by Mirren and Hopkins . Full Review »