Notorious (1946)

A convicted traitor's daughter becomes a U.S. Government spy and falls in love with a fellow agent. She then accepts a dangerous assignment that requires her to marry her father's Nazi friend in Rio de Janeiro. Suspense, intrigue,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1946
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sublime direction from Hitchcock, and terrific central performances from Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant make this a bona-fide classic worthy of a re-visit.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The virtuoso sequences -- the long kiss, the crane shot into the door key -- are justly famous, yet the film's real brilliance is in its subtle and detailed portrayal of infinitely perverse relationships.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Check up another smash hit for a fine and experienced team.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

It would be far too harsh to label Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious an all-out bomb, but it's equally difficult to refer to the movie as a wholeheartedly effective (and affecting) success.

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Variety Staff

Production and directorial skill of Alfred Hitchcock combine with a suspenseful story and excellent performances to make Notorious force entertainment.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious is the most elegant expression of the master's visual style, just as Vertigo is the fullest expression of his obsessions.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

This dark romantic thriller isn't as thematically complex or technically audacious as some of Alfred Hitchcock's later classics. But it's still hard to beat for pure, polished entertainment.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

It's the accuracy, efficiency and control of Hitchcock's direction that most impress. They enable him to dovetail the film's thriller format and romantic story to dizzying, expressive and unique effect.

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Lauren Carroll Harris
Senses of Cinema

One of the film's greatest ironies is that it is one of the muddiest of Hitchcock's films to interpret.

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Richard von Busack

Notorious is in the world of film noir but not of it; it's a tough and dark film that's also one of the finest women's pictures ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Despite a forced romance that comes out of nowhere and how the protagonist's motivations are not really convincing (especially with all that misogyny… More
Chris Weber
I'll keep this brief, as everyone has already said all that's needs to be said about this, and better than I can. It's a classic romantic… More
Daniel Perry
Incredibly suspenseful, with a mesmerizing Bergman performance, but compared to other Hitch I find this one rather forgettable. Not a bad movie, by any stretch,… More
Josh Morris
Notorious is an almost flawless movie that holds up in 2011 and seems completely fresh more than sixty years on. The characters are complex, due to a note… More
Daniel Mumby
There are many stories about fights between producers and directors, some of which have become Hollywood legends in their own right. Think of Terry… More
Graham Jones
Hitchcock's classic espionage film contains beautiful black and white images and amazing camerawork.