• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 20, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 19, 2012
    It's a small character study about a large man who comes off as a terrorizing buffoon.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 19, 2012
    Neither the script nor the production is substantial enough to make the story quite stand on its own.
  3. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 18, 2012
    Miller is believably blonde, and that's about it. [22 Oct 3012, p.42]
  4. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Oct 18, 2012
    The music, costumes, lighting and even some camera shots--a shower head, a spiral staircase--all evoke classic Hitchcock movies like "Psycho," "Spellbound" and "Vertigo." But the film loses steam as soon as Hitchcock acts on his passion.
  5. 40
    It plays more like a lavishly funded Lifetime movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Oct 23, 2012
    This HBO original [is] clean and smart and dull.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Oct 23, 2012
    It's disappointing that this is a diverting curio rather than a deep plunge into the cold waters of obsession.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Dec 27, 2012
    For lovers of the master of suspense this will certainly be an eye opener. As presented here Alfred **** was a sadistic, probably impotentFor lovers of the master of suspense this will certainly be an eye opener. As presented here Alfred **** was a sadistic, probably impotent lech who put leading lady Tippi Hedren through hell whilst making classic films 'The Birds' and 'Marnie' The film pulls no punches in depicting an uncomfortable scenario for both characters and viewers alike. Because the film is so expertly written and directed, one is compelled to keep watching with growing unease as to where the director's obsession with his leading lady will go. Toby Jones is excellent as Hitch capturing certain mannerisms and vocal cadences whilst not being an exact copy of his subject physically. Sienna Miller gives a career best performance as the ice blond actress. She at first presents her as vibrant and full of life. Then, as her relationship with Hitch degenerates, she brings to the fore her confusion, vulnerability and lack of confidence. Miller is a revelation here and certainly looks the part. The film looks fantastic and recreational moments of the original films are credibly presented. The music score also enhances the mood of the piece and the tension generated on screen between the two protagonists. The whole thing is a wonderful conceit that should only be avoided by **** purists who refuse to believe that such an artist could have no dark side. Full Review »