Rear Window
Rear Window (1954)

Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG
Running Time:
Release Date: September 1, 1954
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Also Available On

Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hitchcock exerted full potential of suspense in this masterpiece.

Michael Sragow
New Yorker

It's one of Alfred Hitchcock's inspired audience-participation films: watching it, you feel titillated, horrified, and, ultimately, purged.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

The deliciousness of watching the film as it's intended to be seen is that the big screen gives Rear Window back its claustrophobia.

David Keyes

Beneath pointed dialogue, perceptive character development and tense plot twists, the movie plays like a breakpoint in our journey towards complete voyeurism.

Full review…
TIME Magazine

Just possibly the second most entertaining picture (after The 39 Steps) ever made by Alfred Hitchcock.

Full review…
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News

Don't resist the urge -- steal a peek at it now, and be reminded why Hitchcock is still without equal in the clammy thrills department.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Hitchcock masterpiece stars peeping Jimmy Stewart.

Full review…
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Of all Hitchcock's films, this is the one which most reveals the man.

Full review…
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Masterpiece of voyeurism.

Full review…
Radheyan Simonpillai

In this brilliant movie about watching the neighbors, Alfred Hitchcock turns the lens on his audience. "We have become a race of Peeping Toms," notes one character not only commenting on Jeff's obsessive voyeurism but also that of the cinematic spectator.

Full review…
More reviews for Rear Window

Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Definitely a film intended to digest w/o much thought, a sensation thrill ride, as a laid-up-due-to-injury photographer realizes his neighbor may have killed… More
Alex roy
Alfred Hitchcock is a cinematic tour de force when it comes to crafting some of the most memorable and exhilarating suspense thrillers ever to grace the screen.… More
Mark Hobin
Rear Window is regularly listed with the greatest movies ever made. Certainly one of Hitchcock's finest. In addition to the exceptional chemistry between… More
Directors Cat
Eugene Bernabe
Masterful Hitchcock motion picture; filled with mystery, humor, suspense and a fluid direction. Rear Window is a classic film led by James Stewart and comprised… More
Albert Kim
Hitchcock A.K.A. "The Master of Suspense". I came into this film thinking, "Let's see if he lives up to his title." Oh, he proved it to… More