Easy Virtue
Easy Virtue (1927)

In the early stages of his directing career, Alfred Hitchcock made a number of hackneyed studio films which barely resemble the works he would go on to direct. The society drama Easy Virtue is one of the nine silent movies Hitchcock… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1927
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Anna Smith
Time Out

The first half of the film, an addition detailing events only described in the play, is pure Hitchcock, its combination of conciseness and idiosyncrasy demonstrating his mastery of silent narration.

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Fernando F. Croce

An overlooked film despite the abundance of invention

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TV Guide

Coward's strength was sparkling dialogue, which makes his work a poor fit for the silent cinema.

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Emanuel Levy

Based on Noel Coward's play, this Hitchcock critique of the the upper class, centers on a disreputable woman, a heroine type that he would return to in later films, such as Notorious and Marnie.

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Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

The main reason to stop on PBS when the network airs "Easy Virtue" a few months from now is to witness Biel's complete departure.

Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Creative silent film, with many links to later Hitchcock.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sticks in the ribs like over baked mush.

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Douglas Pratt

The film's conclusion is rushed, but the movie still has much to admire as a catty drama about scandal and scorn.


The problem is, of course, that the movie was silent and Coward's dialogue -- even in a minor play -- is indispensable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
Sure this isn't the Hitchcock we would come to know in later days, but this early silent gem has a lot to offer. Not only does it feature motifs that… More
Sarah Prisbylla
I guess you have to think of this plot from 1928's point of view, but it just doesn't do it for me. Although it is the only silent film I've ever… More
Aj V
This is an okay movie, you can see from Hitchcock's early films the creation of his styles, but his early films are not as suspenseful as his other films.
Brian R
One of Hitchcock's greatest themes was, always listen to your mother. He would use this trend again in later pictures like "Notorious",… More