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PSYCHO | 1960    

Edited by Kassandra Kael | Updated April 7, 2021

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PSYCHO
A secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a rundown, remote motel. The young, shy proprietor and his mother seem to be the only other people around until the secretary is stabbed to death while taking a shower by a shadowy figure.

  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam

Dueling Critics

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“What makes ‘Psycho’ immortal, when so many films are already half-forgotten as we leave the theater, is that it connects directly with our fears: Our fears that we might impulsively commit a crime, our fears of the police, our fears of becoming the victim of a madman, and of course our fears of disappointing our mothers.”
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“This time Hitchcock has put his usual close-up face-nibbling sex scene at the very beginning, (as usual, it is quite dispensable) … The whole thing is, in fact, much too long, and the plot is full of holes.”

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PSYCHO | 1960

    

Edited by Kassandra Kael | Updated 4.7.21
PSYCHO

Critical Consensus

Dueling Critics

thumbs-up

“What makes ‘Psycho’ immortal, when so many films are already half-forgotten as we leave the theater, is that it connects directly with our fears: Our fears that we might impulsively commit a crime, our fears of the police, our fears of becoming the victim of a madman, and of course our fears of disappointing our mothers.”
thumbs-up

“This time Hitchcock has put his usual close-up face-nibbling sex scene at the very beginning, (as usual, it is quite dispensable) … The whole thing is, in fact, much too long, and the plot is full of holes.”

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A secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a rundown, remote motel. The young, shy proprietor and his mother seem to be the only other people around until the secretary is stabbed to death while taking a shower by a shadowy figure.

  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam

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