Torn Curtain
Torn Curtain (1966)

A double agent has to contend with enemies on both sides of the political fence as well as the woman he loves in this thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Prof. Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) is an gifted American physicist who, at the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 16, 1966
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Alfred Hitchcock's 1966 spy thriller has one of the lowest reputations of his late works. Coming after a masterpiece like Marnie, it almost had to be a disappointment. But Hitchcock was incapable of making an uninteresting film.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

In these times, with James Bonds cutting capers and pallid spies coming in out of the cold, Mr. Hitchcock will have to give us something a good bit brighter to keep us amused.

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While there are some undeniably tense moments, this is Hitchcock on autopilot, and quite unrewarding.

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Variety Staff

Hitchcock freshens up his bag of tricks in a good potpourri which becomes a bit stale through a noticeable lack of zip and pacing.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

Much of the film is stunning.

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TV Guide

Dull and way too long, Torn Curtain is only memorable for one very shocking and brutal scene.

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Time Out

An above-average quota of glaringly shaky process work; but at least one classic sequence of protracted violence in a farmhouse kitchen.

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Emanuel Levy

Hitchcock's 50th feature is one of his weakest, but it's worth seeing for the place it occupies in the master's career, his attempt to come to terms with the new movie market, genres, and tastes.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A strangely muted, dull effort, though still worthy of attention.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Coming out after the essential flop that was Marnie, Hitch delivered once again a troubled movie that also basically flopped, and that film is this: his 50th… More
Aj V
This is my least favourite Hitchcock movie of all time so far. Andrews and Newman don't make a good team, and both aren't right for Hitchcock's… More
paul oh
It has the feel of any Hitchcock film but seems empty. With Paul Newman starring as the new Cary Grant, you still have a strong protagonist but the story seems… More
Conner Rainwater
I absolutely love Torn Curtain, it‚??s a perfect Cold War thriller from the master of suspense. It has everything you could ask for: beautiful sets, a perfect… More
Graham Jones
Though it is a minor work for Hitchcock, this one still features many great moments and in my opinion is a huge step up from the two films before it.
Tsubaki Sanjuro
I like some Hitchcock films, but this was boring. It's dated, tedious and could only be considered a "suspense" film if you're on… More