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Alfred Hitchcock entered the 1970s with his commercial reputation virtually in tatters, a far cry from his stature at the start of the 1960s. Then, he'd been in the middle of the massively successful trio of movies, North by Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds, and was a ubiquitous presence on television thanks to his anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents -- but the series ended, and he'd suffered three expensive box-office failures in a row, Marnie, Torn Curtain, and Topaz, in the second half of the 1960s. He redeemed himself with Frenzy, however, which marked his return not only to… 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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