Rope (1948)

Rope, Alfred Hitchcock's first color film, was adapted from Patrick Hamilton's stage play Rope's End by no less than Hume Cronyn. Loosely inspired by the Leopold-Loeb case, the plot concerns two implicitly homosexual college… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 23, 1948
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Apart from the tedium of waiting or someone to open that chest and discover the hidden body which the hosts have tucked away for the sake of a thrill, the unpunctuated flow of image becomes quite monotonous.

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David Keyes

Rope isn't merely a terrific movie; it is also a benchmark for which the intricate nature of the killer's mind can be simplified into immense clarity.

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Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

An elaborately perverse buffet served up at a pivotal moment in Hitchcock's career

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Rope is not merely a stunt that is justified by the extraordinary career that contains it, but one of the movies that makes that career extraordinary.

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Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews

Rope is Hitchock's underrated classic that contains some of the most unique filmmaking of it's time. Hitchcock was so far ahead of filmmakers back then and so far ahead of a lot of the filmmakers today.

Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

"A crime for most, a privilege for some" is how Rupert classifies murder, but Hitchcock's eye-am-a-camera technique in Rope is after more than Nazi-superman residue still lurking after WWII.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

While its fearless attempt to do something new makes it one of Hitchcock's most interesting movies, I can't pretend to regard it as anywhere near his best.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Serves only as perverse entertainment.

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Emanuel Levy

Hitchcock said it was a stunt, but Rope is a fascinating experiment trying to find the cinematic equivalent to a play, with the camera constantly searching

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The long takes may be a remarkable stunt but those hidden cuts are in fact extremely distracting and obvious - and, contrary to popular belief, the film does… More
Randy Tippy
Thinly veiled homosexuality and strange editing techniques underscore the off-kilter atmosphere of this Hitchcock gem.
Alex roy
Alfred Hitchcock has always crafted superb films, his sense of style, the way he mounts the tension, terror and thrills is unmatched by any director that has… More
paul oh
A film that was well ahead of its time. The main character can only be described as Dexter and Don draper on steroids. Its a well crafted story that grabs your… More
Christian C
Awesome, considering the challenges of filming such a script. Really good performances.
Kevin M. Williams
There's more than what meets the eye going on here as Hitchcock plays a game of cat and mouse with us as the targets. Two arrogant killers tempt fate by… More