Lifeboat (1944)

Seeking a creative challenge after several years' worth of fairly elaborate melodramas, director Alfred Hitchcock stages all of the action in Lifeboat in one tiny boat, adrift in the North Atlantic. The boat holds eight survivors of a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 12, 1944
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

That old master of screen melodrama, Alfred Hitchcock, and Writer John Steinbeck have combined their distinctive talents in a tremendously provocative film.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Saddled with as thin a premise as one could envision, Lifeboat ultimately comes off as a disappointing endeavor that boasts few elements designed to capture and sustain the viewer's interest...

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Cole Smithey

Hitchcock's answer to the perpetual film school dilemma of making a movie on a boat as one of a filmmaker's biggest challenges, is a textbook example of how it's done right.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

The characters are reasonably free of cliched personalities, so what happens between them is rarely predictable, and there are enough crises and tensions within the 96-minute running time to hold a viewer fully attentive.

Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm of Hitchcock's significant works, accented by wickedly effective insert shots and a handful of strong performances.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

"It's based on the story by John Steinbeck, who wanted to show the Nazis as single-minded brutes with no redeeming human qualities.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

At times, the film seems on the verge of rising above its frankly propagandistic intentions, but it never really confronts the Darwinian themes built into the material.

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David Keyes

Here is the closest the director probably ever came to making an insightful statement about the dreadful world he and his peers lived in.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Only Hitchcock could pull off this compelling drama in such tight quarters!

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An engaging chamber movie in which all action takes place inside a lifeboat, impressing us most with its technical achievement (if there was any doubt about… More
Graham Jones
Though inevitably a minor work for Hitchcock. you've gotta give it to him for stepping outside the box to create a very enjoyable film.
Kevin M. Williams
Hitch was still only pleasing the masses (and not flagrantly indulging his own peccadillos as openly as yet), and here is an exemplary example of him at his… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Hitchcock proves his dedication and proficiency for telling stories so fluidly and mostly in such tiny confines. He surrounds himself also with an excellent… More
Bruce Bruce
Not one of Hitchcock's best but still worth watching
Aj V
This movie is great, it's a Hitckcock film so it's suspenseful, but it's also a wartime drama. It's really very good, so if that sounds… More