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An A to Z of the World's Deadliest Movie Reviews From Affleck
to Zeta Jones
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Alfred Hitchcock
Director, The Trouble With Harry (1955)
What the picture does have in its favor are the Vermont backgrounds, beautifully photographed in VistaVision and Technicolor, but they do not make up for the plot's dullness or the double entendres. Maybe the trouble with Harry is Alfred.
(Philip T. Hartung, Commonweal)
Director, Psycho (1960)
One of the most vile and disgusting films ever made. Now look here, Maestro Hitchcock, just what is the game? A sad prostitution of talent.
(Rene MacColl, Daily Express)
Hitchcock has scraped the bottom of the psychiatric barrel.
(Fred Majdalany, Daily Mail)
Alfred Hitchcock may try to frighten me to death but I draw the line at being bored to death.
(Alexander Walker, Evening Standard)
Sad to see a really big man make a fool of himself.
(Sunday Express)
Puts you in the position of rubbernecking at the horrors of the diseased mind; it makes you feel unclean. Hitchcock is not an entertainer, but a pander of vicarious perverson. It is incumbent on us to inspect the real horrors of our time, but we don't have to traffic with Hitchcock's giggling obscenities.
(Robert Hatch, Nation)
A reflection of a most unpleasant mind, a mean, sadistic little mind.
(Dwight MacDonald, Esquire)
Director, The Birds (1963)
Hitchock's direction has never been so tired, so devoid even of attempts at sardonic realism.
(Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic)
The only point of interest about The Birds is that it's by Alfred Hitchcock, who once had a deserved reputation as a master technician. If the director's name had been, say, Albert Hotchkiss, I should have noted ' tedious and amateurish... perhaps the most spectacularly untalented newcomer since Allen Baron,' and let it go at that.
(Dwight MacDonald, Esquire)
Topaz (1969)
So abominable that it is hard to believe Alfred Hitchcock directed it. His films have gotten progressively worse since Psycho, but no amount of disappointment in a former idol could have prepared me for a disaster this total. If Hitchcock had any of his old pizazz left, he would have taken his name off Topaz and burned the negative.
(Rex Reed)
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