Frenzy (1972)

Suspenseful, disturbing, and darkly humorous, Frenzy, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is the story of a rapist-murderer, whose distinctive murder weapon has led him to be labeled "The Necktie Murderer." The film, typical of many of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 21, 1972
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is the kind of thriller Hitchcock was making in the 1940s, filled with macabre details, incongruous humor, and the desperation of a man convicted of a crime he didn't commit.

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Emanuel Levy

Frenzy marked 3 kinds of return for Hitchcock: return to England after 20 years, return to form after some flops, and return to the kind of commercial film he's most clearly associated with.

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Mark Bourne

Rather than classic Hitchcock, Frenzy feels more like a lesser director's cookie-cutter 'Hitchcockian' knock-off.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

You can never be quite sure when you're going to start a terrifying new descent or take a sudden turn to the left or right. The agony is exquisite.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This is one of Hitchcock's best and least appreciated films, with the Master getting a creative boost after a minor slump.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Frenzy is easily the strongest of the master's final works.

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David Keyes

There is a thorough sense of entertainment boiling over the pot here, and the material is well acted, skillful, and photographed with intensity.

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Middle of the road Hitch but still terrific.

Cole Smithey

Even in his waning days Hitchcock created a unique brand of suspense.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Clintus Maximus
Employing several Hitchcockian devices, Frenzy is a terrific thriller with a wry sense of humor. His return to London to film this story in 1973 reinvigorated… More
Graham Jones
Hitchcock's most brutal and explicit film, this is his late masterpiece.
Josh Morris
Frenzy is the most underrated Hitchcock masterpiece, and works on every level of suspense, cinematic brilliance, sparkling British humor and perverse… More
Tim Salmons
Brilliantly-crafted, dark, and morbid thriller. It's one of those great classic thrillers where all of the information is given right up front and making… More
Bruce Bruce
One of the great Hitchcock films, and it doesn't take long for him to make his guess appearance in this one. A innocent man is being blamed for the necktie… More
Aj V
HItchcock's most horrific movie of all. It's no Psyho, but it's still a good movie, it's very updated and 70s. I enjoyed it, and if… More