'Vertigo' Critic Reviews

92%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
98%
Rotten Tomatoes:   58 reviews
  • Bosley Crowther New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    [A] fascinating mystery.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    100
    With less playfulness and much more overt libido than other Hitchcock classics, Vertigo was always anomalous.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    100
    You watch this guy going slowly over the brink and realize, good grief, this is Jimmy Stewart.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Do yourself an aesthetic favor: Take the plunge.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jeff Millar Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    There is a glumness to the film that is notably missing from the director's other films of the period.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    It is about how Hitchcock used, feared and tried to control women.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    One of the landmarks--not merely of the movies, but of 20th-century art.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Variety (Top Critic)
    James Stewart, on camera almost constantly, comes through with a startlingly fine performance as the lawyer-cop who suffers from acrophobia.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Robert Horton Film.com (Top Critic)
    One of the things that still amazes me about this movie is the way its study of obsession is so single-minded.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    From a craft standpoint, Vertigo represents the director in peak form.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York
    100
    Hitchcock's most tender story.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Weber Slant Magazine
    100
    Hitchcock's rich and strange fable of love lost, and lost again, makes the case for him as a grand experimental artist who labored in genre cinema.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    92
    A haunting meditation on sexual politics, romantic love, and obsession, Vertigo is one of the greatest surreal movies ever made.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott G. Mignola Common Sense Media
    100
    Must-see Hitchcock thriller for any classic movie bug.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    100
    "Vertigo" is Alfred Hitchcock's beautifully stylized psychological thriller about a man in love with a fetishized romantic fantasy invented by another man.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Scott Nash Three Movie Buffs
    63
    Technically well made, but there are a plethora of more entertaining Hitchcock films available.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rob Nelson minnpost.com
    Vertigo is a kind of consummate illusion--tantalizing for being so often out of reach (DVDs don't match the reel deal), fulfilling only for bringing us as close as possible to Hitchcock's head and heart in Frisco circa '58. Or...
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Dan Jardine Cinemania
    84
    a disturbing and darkly revealing psychological thriller
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Walter Chaw Film Freak Central
    100
    After it, Psycho and the rest of the '60s are only a bitter precis of this thesis of sexual disassociation and identity politics.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Ansen Newsweek
    Why is this movie Hitchcock's masterpiece? Because no movie plunges us more deeply into the dizzying heart of erotic obsession.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Kevin McCarthy BDK Reviews
    100
    The "Vertigo" shot created for this film was so powerful and unique that everytime I see it used today, I get teary eyed.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Shawn Levy Oregonian
    Vertigo is an acknowledged masterpiece, one of those narrative films in which a bracing and unpredictable story has been distilled into a form that is at once classic and inventive.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    100
    Hitchcock was elsewhere an entertainer, often a great one, but Vertigo finds him working as an artist...
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    92
    Alfred Hitchcock at his most disturbing.
    Full Review » 9 years ago