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Dismissed when first released, later heralded as one of director Alfred Hitchcock's finest films (and, according to Hitchcock, his most personal one), this adaptation of the French novel D'entre les morts weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit. It opens as Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) realizes he has vertigo, a condition resulting in a fear of heights, when a police officer is killed trying to rescue him from falling off a building. Scottie then retires from his position as a private investigator, only to be lured into another case by his old college friend, Gavin Elster… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hitchcock's most tender story."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Why is this movie Hitchcock's masterpiece? Because no movie plunges us more deeply into the dizzying heart of erotic obsession."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Hitchcock's rich and strange fable of love lost, and lost again, makes the case for him as a grand experimental artist who labored in genre cinema."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
""Vertigo" is Alfred Hitchcock's beautifully stylized psychological thriller about a man in love with a fetishized romantic fantasy invented by another man."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"a disturbing and darkly revealing psychological thriller"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"The old master, now a slave to television, has turned out another Hitchcock-and-bull story in which the mystery is not so much who done it as who cares."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Slow but totally compelling."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A haunting meditation on sexual politics, romantic love, and obsession, Vertigo is one of the greatest surreal movies ever made."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Technically well made, but there are a plethora of more entertaining Hitchcock films available."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"After it, Psycho and the rest of the '60s are only a bitter précis of this thesis of sexual disassociation and identity politics."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"One of the landmarks -- not merely of the movies, but of 20th-century art."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"James Stewart, on camera almost constantly, comes through with a startlingly fine performance as the lawyer-cop who suffers from acrophobia."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Must-see Hitchcock thriller for any classic movie bug."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"Vertigo is a kind of consummate illusion--tantalizing for being so often out of reach (DVDs don't match the reel deal), fulfilling only for bringing us as close as possible to Hitchcock's head and heart in Frisco circa '58. Or..."
‑ Rob Nelson,
"The "Vertigo" shot created for this film was so powerful and unique that everytime I see it used today, I get teary eyed."
‑ Kevin McCarthy, BDK Reviews
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