“A Fantastic Thriller.”
“It's Hitchcock....It's Supose To Be Good.”
[A] fascinating mystery.
Bosley Crowther - New York Times
With less playfulness and much more overt libido than other Hitchcock classics, Vertigo was always anomalous.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
You watch this guy going slowly over the brink and realize, good grief, this is Jimmy Stewart.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Do yourself an aesthetic favor: Take the plunge.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
There is a glumness to the film that is notably missing from the director's other films of the period.
Jeff Millar - Houston Chronicle
It is about how Hitchcock used, feared and tried to control women.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
One of the landmarks--not merely of the movies, but of 20th-century art.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
James Stewart, on camera almost constantly, comes through with a startlingly fine performance as the lawyer-cop who suffers from acrophobia.
One of the things that still amazes me about this movie is the way its study of obsession is so single-minded.
Robert Horton - Film.com
From a craft standpoint, Vertigo represents the director in peak form.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
- TIME Magazine
Hitchcock's most tender story.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
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.
Bill Weber - Slant Magazine
A haunting meditation on sexual politics, romantic love, and obsession, Vertigo is one of the greatest surreal movies ever made.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Must-see Hitchcock thriller for any classic movie bug.
Scott G. Mignola - Common Sense Media
"Vertigo" is Alfred Hitchcock's beautifully stylized psychological thriller about a man in love with a fetishized romantic fantasy invented by another man.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Technically well made, but there are a plethora of more entertaining Hitchcock films available.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
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...
Rob Nelson - minnpost.com
a disturbing and darkly revealing psychological thriller
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
After it, Psycho and the rest of the '60s are only a bitter precis of this thesis of sexual disassociation and identity politics.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Why is this movie Hitchcock's masterpiece? Because no movie plunges us more deeply into the dizzying heart of erotic obsession.
David Ansen - Newsweek
The "Vertigo" shot created for this film was so powerful and unique that everytime I see it used today, I get teary eyed.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
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.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Hitchcock was elsewhere an entertainer, often a great one, but Vertigo finds him working as an artist...
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Alfred Hitchcock at his most disturbing.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A rich, resonant meditation of male romantic obsession ... Not only does Hitchcock demonstrate a total mastery of cinematic point-of-view, but he turns what might have been mere melodrama into film poetry. Perhaps his greatest film.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Slow but totally compelling.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Hitchcock's twisty, suspenseful tale is far more involving and memorable than most recent Hollywood thrillers.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
What can one say? Exquisitely controlled, framed, scored, acted, and edited. A peerless triumph.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Often imitated, never duplicated.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Justifying Vertigo's poor initial performance, it is a film that requires distance, as well as the completion of Hitchcock's career. It is a moment of acknowledgment in the final, retrospective establishment of the director's frequent themes.
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
This is one of the single most masterful pictures ever made.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
What a perverse little gem this is.
Jeremiah Kipp - ToxicUniverse.com
Martyn Glanville - BBC
Once seen, never forgotten.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
In its dark heart, the film is a sorrowful contemplation of love and the veils that manipulate sexual passions.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
The film is not really a great suspense film, but really a fantastic introspective drama into the mind of a person much like the master of suspense himself.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Jimmy Stewart never did finer work, and Hitchcock's masterpiece, though its meaning may be lost on many, reveals a man at his most obsessed.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
With this masterfully conceived spine-tingler, Alfred Hitchcock once again affirms his standing as movieland's king of the suspense-drama
- Boxoffice Magazine
Bernard Herrmann's eloquent score is among his finest, Stewart is excellent, as always, and Kim Novak is surprisingly effective in her role, another of Hitchcock's icy blondes.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Vertigo (1958) is one of Alfred Hitchcock's most powerful, deep, and stunningly beautiful films (in widescreen 70 mm VistaVision) - it is a film noir
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
The most-discussed work of the master; despairingly sardonic and demanding of multiple viewings.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Alfred Hitchcock's control of the audience is most complete in Vertigo.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Picture yourself on a rollercoaster at the highest peak of its circuit.
Jake Hamilton - Empire Magazine
Vertigo is a fine film, but it's not flawless.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
The film is a magnificent technical achievement.
Brian Gorman - Jam! Movies
It may not be as funny or light as the best known of Hitchcock's work but this is certainly a classic largely because of it's impressively unlikeable, intense characters so at odds with Hitch's trademark Hollywood glamour films of the same time.
Keith H. Brown - Edinburgh U Film Society
Hitchcock seems to have been motivated by personal demons here.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Examiner
Everything is perfect in Vertigo.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Vertigo is Hitchcock's stirring parable of love and death.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
One of the everlasting Hitchcockian masterpieces.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The ending of the show is perfect and shocking if you have never seen it before.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Vertigo stands as one of the thrill master's most psychologically dense and twisted works in which obsession, commitment, and dual identities all merge to create a voluptuous tale of thwarted love.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
This is a great, well-made film that deserves every bit of recognition that has been heaped upon it.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews