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"The Thirty-Nine Steps neatly converts its essential implausihility into an asset by stressing the difficulties which confront its hero when he tries to tell outsiders about the predicament he is in."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It's melodrama and at times far-fetched and improbable, but the story twists and spins artfully from one high-powered sequence to another while the entertainment holds like steel cable from start to finish."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Alfred Hitchcock brings John Buchan's novel to the screen with characteristic wit and verve."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
""The 39 Steps" isn't groundbreaking, but it's an extremely solid mystery thriller. Hitchcock always managed to keep the audience guessing and always had them in the palm of his hand. "The 39 Steps" still accomplishes that."
‑ Chris Sawin, Examiner.com
"an indelibly fun movie, one of Hitchcock's early triumphs of sheer enjoyment"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"In Hitchcock's hands, however, this well-known espionage adventure provided the basis for a new sort of thriller and a new sort of comedy."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"As an artist, Alfred Hitchcock surpassed this early achievement many times in his career, but for sheer entertainment value it still stands in the forefront of his work."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Surprisingly fast-paced for a 1935 film, full of twists and turns, and when the unlikely couple becomes handcuffed together and are forced to pretend they are married, it really kicks into high gear. Donat and Carroll have chemistry to burn."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Classic Hitchcock suspense, some drinking and smoking."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"The 39 Steps was the first time everything just came together: the master's favorite themes, his sense of humor, his timing and rhythm, and his personal touch. With this movie, he emerged, fully formed."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"At 35, with more than a dozen features already under his belt, the director triumphed with this dazzling mixture of spycraft, banter, expository nonsense and manic chases along the Scottish Highlands."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Great fun."
‑ Geoff Brown, Time Out
"At its most breathtaking when both Hitchcock and his characters fully embrace the surreality of the story"
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"The 39 Steps is sexy, exciting, unexpectedly moving (thanks to Peggy Ashcroft's portrayal of a lonely woman married to a brutish farmer), and wholly unpredictable, with an ending that nicely loops back to the start."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Holding up extremely well, 39 Steps, Hitchcock's most commercial UK film, mixes successfuly suspense, comedy, and romance, serving as format for many later pictures (especially North by Northwest)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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