To Catch a Thief
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A jewel thief is at large on the Riviera, and all evidence points to retired cat burglar Cary Grant. Escaping the law, Grant heads to the Cote D'Azur, where he is greeted with hostility by his old partners in crime. All of them had been pardoned due to their courageous activities in the wartime Resistance, and all are in danger of arrest thanks to this new crime wave. But Grant pleads innocence, and vows to find out who's been copying his distinctive style. With the reluctant aid of detective John Williams, Grant launches his investigation by keeping tabs on the wealthiest vacationers… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is a significant dud, and Grace Kelly's role has the virtue of making clearer the quality which excited so much attention in previous roles."
‑ Delmore Schwartz, The New Republic
"To Catch a Thief does nothing but give out a good, exciting time. If you'll settle for that at a movie, you should give it your custom right now."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Hitchock-lite, but highly enjoyable for it, To Catch a Thief is a visually dazzling romantic comedy with two incomparable leads."
‑ , Film4
"A fun seaside frolic, but doesn't sit long in the mind."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Lavishly shot in the French Riviera, this romantic thriller is vatsly entertaining due to star power of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Grant gives his role his assured style of acting, meaning the dialog and situations benefit. Kelly, too, dresses up the sequences in more ways than one."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Alfred Hitchcock's fluffy 1955 exercise in light comedy, minimal mystery, and good-natured eroticism (the fireworks scene is a classic)."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Grant and Kelly are on sparkling form, as is Jessie Royce Landis as the latter's formidable and smirky mother, and the French Riviera is beautifully captured by the Oscar-winning cinematography of Robert Burks."
‑ Robin Karney, Radio Times
"The whole thing is really a condensed summer holiday, all hot sun and suavity."
‑ Danny Leigh, Financial Times
"A riveting, rollicking Hitchcock suspense classic."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"One of the most lightweight (and not even particularly deceptively so) of Hitchcock's comedy-thrillers; a retreat from the implications of Rear Window into the realm of private jokes and sunny innuendo."
‑ Paul Taylor, Time Out
"A bubbly and effervescent Alfred Hitchcock romantic-suspenser that finds the Master in a relaxed and purely entertaining mood."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Francie finds something inauthentic in Robie: "like an American in an English movie". Well, yes, perhaps. But Grant's debonair and oddly unlocatable mid-Atlantic identity is absolutely right for the part."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It's all slight, charming and fairly forgettable."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"should keep you guessing while you have a chance to see the veiled sexual relationship between Grant and Kelly's characters"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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