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Though Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious was produced by David O. Selznick's Vanguard Films, Selznick himself had little to do with the production, which undoubtedly pleased the highly independent Hitchcock. Ingrid Bergman plays Alicia Huberman, who goes to hell in a handbasket after her father, an accused WWII traitor, commits suicide. American secret agent Devlin (Cary Grant) is ordered to enlist the libidinous Alicia's aid in trapping Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains), the head of a Brazilian neo-Nazi group. Openly contemptuous of Alicia despite her loyalty to the American cause,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The virtuoso sequences -- the long kiss, the crane shot into the door key -- are justly famous, yet the film's real brilliance is in its subtle and detailed portrayal of infinitely perverse relationships."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Check up another smash hit for a fine and experienced team."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Notorious is in the world of film noir but not of it; it's a tough and dark film that's also one of the finest women's pictures ever made."
‑ Richard von Busack, MetroActive
"as much of a romance as it is a spy thriller"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A nearly flawless espionage thriller that has been mimicked many times since, but never equaled."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Production and directorial skill of Alfred Hitchcock combine with a suspenseful story and excellent performances to make Notorious force entertainment."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious is the most elegant expression of the master's visual style, just as Vertigo is the fullest expression of his obsessions."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"writing about it is almost as intimidating as pretending that there's anything new to say about it. But here goes."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Second only to Psycho as my favorite Hitchcock movie."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A glorious exercise in film style, where virtuoso camerawork combines with the characters to create a wonderful harmony of visuals and narrative -- and where the complexities of character and story exist above and beyond the dictates of genre."
‑ , Film4
"It's the accuracy, efficiency and control of Hitchcock's direction that most impress. They enable him to dovetail the film's thriller format and romantic story to dizzying, expressive and unique effect."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"This dark romantic thriller isn't as thematically complex or technically audacious as some of Alfred Hitchcock's later classics. But it's still hard to beat for pure, polished entertainment."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Romantic melodrama. If contemporary viewers think of "Notorious" in those terms, it will still strike them as the classic it's become."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Hitchcock's second masterpiece (after Shadow of a Doubt) is a richly dense meditation on romantic love, featuring exquisite performances by Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Hitchcock's classic 1946 thriller Notorious is a terrific romantic tango between Ingrid Bergman's exotic and spicy socialite and Cary Grant's prim and proper American spy. It's also shameless war propaganda."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
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