Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
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  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 23, 2012
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Nov 18, 2012
    A "Good Evening" indeed at the movies.
  3. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Dec 6, 2012
    Mirren simply is, and she takes Hitchcock up a notch with every look and line.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 20, 2012
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 26, 2012
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 20, 2012
    It's a perfect summation of why he was the ultimate filmmaker.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 12, 2012
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Nov 20, 2012
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 21, 2012
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 29, 2012
    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: Marc Mohan
    Dec 6, 2012
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 20, 2012
    Anthony Hopkins is probably a shoe-in for an Oscar nomination.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 20, 2012
    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.
  14. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 23, 2012
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 30, 2012
    Hitchcock is an amusing lark, but the clumsy way it dissects the director is for the birds.
  16. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 5, 2012
    A movie as fun as it is flawed.
  17. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Nov 23, 2012
    Hitchcock unspools at that deliciously silly juncture where biography meets fallacy. Translation: Any director who could crank out Psycho must be a crackpot himself.
  18. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Nov 12, 2012
    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.
  19. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Nov 20, 2012
    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."
  20. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Nov 23, 2012
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Jan 13, 2013
    Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" title comes off a bit misleading, suggesting that the film to be a definitive biopic; an extensive, in-depth lookSacha 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
    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 theAnyone 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
    Great acting by Mirren and HopkinsGreat acting by Mirren and Hopkins . Full Review »