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After several years of uneven efforts like Torn Curtain and Topaz, Alfred Hitchcock was back in form with 1972's Frenzy. The plot concerns a rapist-murderer terrorizing London. The audience is unknowingly introduced to the killer early on, though suspicions are redirected to a more "obvious" suspect. Once viewers know which is which, the suspense lies in the fact that the police continue to suspect the wrong man. After this unfortunate soul is condemned to life imprisonment, a police inspector (Alec McCowan) continues to have his doubts. And keep an eye out for that virtuoso… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is the kind of thriller Hitchcock was making in the 1940s, filled with macabre details, incongruous humor, and the desperation of a man convicted of a crime he didn't commit."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Frenzy marked 3 kinds of return for Hitchcock: return to England after 20 years, return to form after some flops, and return to the kind of commercial film he's most clearly associated with."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Rather than classic Hitchcock, Frenzy feels more like a lesser director's cookie-cutter 'Hitchcockian' knock-off."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"One of Hitchcock's final movies is also one of his goriest -- his first R-rated feature -- and most dryly funny."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Its violence and gore might seem tame in the age of Bad Boys II, but Hitchcock ratchets up the creepiness."
‑ Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
"You can never be quite sure when you're going to start a terrifying new descent or take a sudden turn to the left or right. The agony is exquisite."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"This is one of Hitchcock's best and least appreciated films, with the Master getting a creative boost after a minor slump."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Frenzy is easily the strongest of the master's final works."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Among Hitchcock's most dramatic (and most gruesome) lapses."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"One of the great latter-day Hitchcocks."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"There is a thorough sense of entertainment boiling over the pot here, and the material is well acted, skillful, and photographed with intensity."
‑ David Keyes,
"Middle of the road Hitch but still terrific."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Even in his waning days Hitchcock created a unique brand of suspense."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Better than French fries at the Covent Garden 'Fish & Chips'."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Late in the day Hitchcock, but pretty damn good."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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