North by Northwest
North by Northwest (1959)

While having lunch at the Plaza Hotel in New York, advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) has the bad luck to call for a messenger just as a page goes out for a "George Kaplan." From that moment, Thornhill finds… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 17, 1959
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gripping, suspenseful, and visually iconic, this late-period Hitchcock classic laid the groundwork for countless action thrillers to follow.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Hitchcock breezes through a tongue-in-cheek, nightmarish plot with a lightness of touch that's equalled by a charming performance from Grant.

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Variety Staff

At times it seems Hitchcock is kidding his own penchant for the bizarre, but this sardonic attitude is so deftly handled it only enhances the thrills.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a tenuously engaging thriller that could've used a few more passes through the editing bay...

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TIME Magazine

Smoothly troweled and thoroughly entertaining.

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Time Out

All in all, an improbable classic.

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

The iconic actors give memorable performances, the story is perfectly pitched and fiercely clever and under the astounding directorial eye of Alfred Hitchcock - American Cinematic God - it's nearly flawless.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A great film, and certainly one of the most entertaining movies ever made, directed by Alfred Hitchcock at his peak.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

... a colorful and exciting route for spies, counterspies and lovers.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It has all the classic elements of a Hitchcock film - well timed suspense, an overall mystery, a compelling cast and some brilliantly conceived scenes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Gave it a go because it's Hitchcock's, add to it the high IMDb rating. Turned out to be highly disappointing. It's poor in almost every… More
Alex roy
Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest is a well crafted suspense thriller that has an engaging plot, a great cast and immaculate directing from the master… More
Christian C
Awesome spy adventure flick.
Sophie Burgess
Certainly an intriguing and well made film that I'd recommend to anyone, despite not being as good as Hitchcock's other films and slightly too long.
Thomas Johnston
I can see how Hitchcock was such a famed director!
Kevin Cookman
Hitchcock is all up in this well-directed, incredibly fast-paced hizzy, but it's Ernest Lehman's script that steals the show. Very few films can set… More