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by Rob Gonsalves

"Middling Hitchcock."
3 stars

Pauline Kael dismissed this box-office disappointment as 'Hitchcock scraping bottom.' It's neither the complete dud it was initially considered nor the neglected masterpiece many Hitch devotees now say it is.

At its center is a hero (Sean Connery) who feels powerful sexual desire for a lovely, frigid thief (Tippi Hedren); Hitchcock said he was drawn to the story by its fetishistic aspects (was he ever not?). In that case, he was wrong to cast Connery, a suave actor who was still too strongly associated with James Bond back then to be persuasive as anything else, and who doesn't happen to be good at this Vertigo type of possessive obsession. With him in the lead, the movie inescapably becomes about how this virile man tries to defrost a dysfunctional woman.

Hitchcock does pull it together for the revelatory climax, but the film is punishingly long and, despite the professionalism on all levels, not especially moving or interesting. Hitchcock's next was the even more tedious 'Torn Curtain.'

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8/19/15 Carol Man (Connery) blackmails girl thief (Hedren) into marriage so he can rape her. Kael's right 1 stars
4/28/15 stanley welles a compelling psychological mystery 4 stars
12/31/14 Catherine H Unles you are an adherent of the pseudoscience of psychology, this is a long, tedious film 1 stars
6/11/14 Charles Tatum Shrill melodrama that Hitchcock tries to rescue 2 stars
12/30/12 mr.mike Did'nt get Connery's motivation for getting involved. 3 stars
10/26/12 laurent very disappointing Hitchcock, intruding queasy music, very bad acting by Connery 2 stars
6/24/12 matthew thompson dalldorf Hitchcock's direction is too good for this dreck! 2 stars
6/06/12 keith miron OK mystery 3 stars
7/29/08 Nick Greatly disappointed. Not a single sympathetic character, and the score is too intrusive. 2 stars
5/12/08 Catherine 'Punishingly long'? Are you kidding me? Horrible review - fantastic film. 4 stars
3/06/08 Joe Mroz Stunning Hitchcock masterpiece that has never been fully appreciated. 5 stars
9/15/07 Dan Sneed A great film. 5 stars
7/12/07 Sony A Masterpiece 5 stars
12/20/05 cody a good flim by hitchcock with good perf. by tippi and sean, good story but slow 3 stars
11/04/05 millersxing Nice double bill w/ the 2001 crime drama "Lift", (but not on mother/daughter night) 5 stars
9/02/05 Zack it was ok 3 stars
5/20/04 Sean Scanlan Wonderful Hitchcock movie 5 stars
12/11/03 john very solid thriller - interesstig and never dull- Connery helps 4 stars
9/16/03 CWarner One of my favorite movies! 5 stars
10/16/01 Andrew Carden Pretty Good Hitchcock Fare. 4 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat Sean Connery is clearly one of "Marnie"'s best qualities. 4 stars
5/25/01 R.W. Welch It's Hitchcock alright, but he's a little off his game. 3 stars
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