To Catch a Thief
To Catch a Thief (1955)

In this film, a jewel thief is at large on the Riviera, and all evidence points to retired cat burglar Cary Grant. Grant heads to the Cote D'Azur, where he is greeted with hostility by his old partners. But Grant pleads innocence and… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades -- as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

Delmore Schwartz
The New Republic

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Film4

Hitchock-lite, but highly enjoyable for it, To Catch a Thief is a visually dazzling romantic comedy with two incomparable leads.

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Variety Staff
Variety

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.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Alfred Hitchcock's fluffy 1955 exercise in light comedy, minimal mystery, and good-natured eroticism (the fireworks scene is a classic).

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Robin Karney
Radio Times

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.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A bubbly and effervescent Alfred Hitchcock romantic-suspenser that finds the Master in a relaxed and purely entertaining mood.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
I'm not sure there's anything extra special about this film, but compared to a great many, its craft and its plot are excellent. The colours are… More
Graham Jones
Hitchcock uses Grant for what he's best at in this suspense/comedy classic. This is good warm up for the Grant/Hitchcock masterpiece "North By… More
Chris Weber
This is once again Hitch making a film that's a mix of romance and thrills, although here the focus is more on the romance. That's really not a bad… More
Apeneck Fletcher
A bit of a truffle about jewel thievery and cat burglary from Hitchcock as Grant and Kelly do some zhah-vay cavorting on the French Riviera. Nearly more… More
Jennifer D
Not the best, but when you have Cary Grant AND Grace Kelly, it's hard to hate it.
Jennifer Xu
There's something so, so right about Grace Kelly having a fascination with the thievery business. And Brigitte Auber as Danielle is just captivating in her… More