Vertigo (1958)

Dismissed when first released, later heralded as one of director Alfred Hitchcock's finest films (and, according to Hitchcock, his most personal one), this adaptation of the French novel D'entre les morts weaves an intricate web of… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1958
DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An unpredictable scary thriller that doubles as a mournful meditation on love, loss, and human comfort.

Wanda Hale
New York Daily News

Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" is an artistic triumph for the master of mystery.

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TIME Magazine

The old master, now a slave to television, has turned out another Hitchcock-and-bull story in which the mystery is not so much who done it as who cares.

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Ernesto Diezmartinez
Cine Vértigo

The best film in the history of cinema. [Full review in Spanish]

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

It's as much a wonder of suspense as it is a catalogue of the director's themes and an allegory for his own art of enticement-and for the erotic pitfalls of his métier.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

One of the landmarks -- not merely of the movies, but of 20th-century art.

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Carlos Bonfil
La Jornada

In Vertigo, Hitchcock completely transcends barriers of generic making the film into something enigmatic and impossible to classify. [Full review in Spanish]

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Hitchcock's most tender story.

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David Ansen

Why is this movie Hitchcock's masterpiece? Because no movie plunges us more deeply into the dizzying heart of erotic obsession.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Vertigo ultimately comes off as a fairly disastrous misfire that's almost entirely devoid of engrossing, attention-grabbing elements.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The set-up is, ummm, preposterous, but once that's out of the way Hitchcock gets to meditate on stuff that really interests him, like obsession, loss,… More
Spencer S.
One of the better known Hitchcock films; it has a long and strenuous history as well as a legacy unlike many of his other films. In part this is probably… More
Greg S
A cop who's recently retired from the force because he suffers from vertigo takes a job trailing an old college friend's wife and grows obsessed with… More
Christopher Heim
Greatest movie ever made? Maybe but that hardly matters since this is another undeniable masterpiece from the master auteur of suspense himself, Alfred… More
KJ Proulx
Although I did find that the story told through this film was incredible, it did feel a tad slow at times, almost bridging on the fact that it is a Hitchcock… More
Alex roy
Vertigo has been hailed as Alfred Hitchcock's undisputed masterpiece. Although a great movie, this is not my favorite film by the master of suspense. With… More