The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1935)

The first film version of The Man Who Knew too Much proved to be the international "breakthrough" film for British director Alfred Hitchcock, transforming him from merely a talented domestic filmmaker to a worldwide household… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Although the film is fast and consistently clever, it is more deeply flawed than any other Hitchcock film of the period, failing to find a thematic connection between its imaginative set pieces.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Vintage Hitchcock, with sheer wit and verve masking an implausible plot.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

In the final analysis, the 1934 and 1956 versions are comparable in quality for different reasons, but the greatest single component of either film can be found in this '34 edition: the great performance by Peter Lorre as a menacing criminal mastermind.

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Variety Staff

An unusually fine dramatic story handled excellently from a production standpoint.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

Hitchcock's tone is odd, with clever set pieces and tightly-constructed and edited sequences interspersed with awkward scenes of emotional restraint ("Steady, old girl, steady") and disconnected characters.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

not a particularly great film, although it is filled with isolated moments of greatness and hints of masterpieces to come

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Andre Sennwald
New York Times

Directed with a fascinating staccato violence by Alfred Hitchcock, it is the swiftest screen melodrama this column can recall.

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Chris Sawin

It's not that The Man Who Knew Too Much is necessarily boring, but it lacks that riveting suspense Hitchcock became known for later on in his career.

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Emanuel Levy

The first version of this story is grim, simpler and less technically accomplished than Hitchcock's own 1956 remake; Peter Lorre, in his first English-speaking role, is scary.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This is basically the film that really saw Hitchcock's film career take off and become something grand. It has his real breakout hit, and even had the… More
AJ Verser
Although the remake is more stylized and has more popular stars, the original movie is really pretty good.
Carlos Magalh„es
Hitchcock was still learning his craft and improving his directing skills when he made this unimpressive, thematically flawed film that even he disliked. The… More
Conner Rainwater
I personally feel that this is the best of Hitchcock‚??s early works. It has an incredibly fun premise with a lot of great characters and twists. Peter Lorre is… More
Daniel Mumby
Where some directors reach a creative peak from which further innovation becomes impossible, Alfred Hitchcock was constantly developing as a filmmaker, pushing… More
jay nixon
As with all Hitchcock there are good things here but the James Stewart/Doris Day remake is superior.