Rear Window
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Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments around his courtyard. As he watches his neighbors, he assigns them such roles and character names as "Miss Torso" (Georgine Darcy), a professional dancer with a healthy social life or "Miss Lonelyhearts" (Judith… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"It's one of Alfred Hitchcock's inspired audience-participation films: watching it, you feel titillated, horrified, and, ultimately, purged."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"The deliciousness of watching the film as it's intended to be seen is that the big screen gives Rear Window back its claustrophobia."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Beneath pointed dialogue, perceptive character development and tense plot twists, the movie plays like a breakpoint in our journey towards complete voyeurism."
‑ David Keyes,
"As close to 'perfect' as a film is likely to get."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Essential and unmissable."
‑ , Film4
"Just possibly the second most entertaining picture (after The 39 Steps) ever made by Alfred Hitchcock."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Don't resist the urge -- steal a peek at it now, and be reminded why Hitchcock is still without equal in the clammy thrills department."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"Hitchcock masterpiece stars peeping Jimmy Stewart."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"a taut and (verbally) jaunty thriller"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Hitchcock classic."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Of all Hitchcock's films, this is the one which most reveals the man."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Restored to its original Technicolor grandeur!"
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"In this brilliant movie about watching the neighbors, Alfred Hitchcock turns the lens on his audience. "We have become a race of Peeping Toms," notes one character not only commenting on Jeff's obsessive voyeurism but also that of the cinematic spectator."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai,
"...the film surely remains one of the most memorable and downright essential examples of the slow-burn thriller genre."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"An early ad summed up one of the film's enduring appeals: If you don't experience delicious terror, then pinch yourself--you're most probably dead."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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