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Frenzy

1972
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
1h 56m
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Rated 23 Aug 2017
70
65th
I know that fashion goes through decennial phases with just about everything becoming a faux pas of some form at some point, but honestly, I wouldn't be caught dead in some of these neckties.
Rated 02 Jan 2022
80
77th
The worst food I have ever seen in any movie and baby I've dabbled in Italian cannibal exploitation and watched Divine eat dog shit. British cooking is hell, every year I find myself in awe watching this youtube video of this pie and mash shop in England where oi there is no gravy just the green liquer and dont forget the jellied eels - I'd rather suck on the gum under the tables. I was actually shocked to see a bare breast in an Alfred Hitchcock film probably as much as Alfred Hitchcock was
Rated 04 Jul 2007
80
61st
Frenzy is a lot more explicit than any other Hitchcock film. The master is clearly playing with a lot of the elements of his earlier work here, notably his "wrong man" theme and sexually motivated crimes. In retrospect there has been something "clean" and artificial about much of his earlier work involving those themes. Frenzy, however, makes them dirty, disturbing and realistic. I'd say Frenzy is a "tier 2" Hitchcock movie: not as good as his very best, but pretty damn good.
Rated 07 Jan 2012
72
81st
In some ways an odd mix, with stylistic features that may already have been a little outdated in 1972, yet with a clear attempt at pushing cinematic boundaries, not only in terms of nudity, but with its cold, hard treatment of sexuality, and containing some excellent shots that rival anything in the director's earlier work in terms of the significance conveyed by the movement of the camera. An unusual work, but one that seems to be the work of a director still very much artistically alive.
Rated 10 Apr 2009
25
43rd
Has-been, unconvincing, cliche-ridden thriller, an old man's sex suspenser, which would have been derided if anyone but Hitchcock had made it. As it is, a few comic and suspenseful touches partly atone for the implausibilities and lapses of taste.
Rated 17 Mar 2009
3
45th
Certainly a very interesting film from Hitchcock, if not particularly one of his best. He returns to the classic "wrong man" theme, only this time it's 1972, allowing a more liberal depiction of content. A weak plot and drab acting (with the exception of Barry Foster) are notable drawbacks, but Hitch's technique of suspense is consistent throughout, with moments of odd black humor scattered about. A few scenes in need of some trimming as well.
Rated 16 Oct 2007
83
50th
Hitch in his decline. He'd made better movies and probably should have left this one on the shelf. It doesn't stain his legacy, but it's like Jordan playing for the Wizards before he retired.
Rated 18 Nov 2011
48
13th
Ah, Hitchcock, the ultimate hit or miss director, Lovely. The problem with this kind of scenarios is that they are so tightly constructed that they border being ridiculous. Add in an annoying, stupid "hero" and it becomes even more lovely. Sexist, stereotyping, treating the audience as if they were dumb, what can I say, Lovely. In the end, aside from a good musical score and some good acting it was not Lovely at all.
Rated 19 Dec 2010
97
94th
*Moderate spoilers* Outstanding latter day Hitch spotlights Barry Foster in an incredibly creepy performance as the serial killer on a rampage. Finch is excellent in a less showy role as the man all the evidence points to. Alec McCowen is also great as the detective on the case (gotta love his wife's cooking!) and all standard Hitch elements are in place (mothers, an innocent man on the run etc.) Also features one of the most horrifying murder-rape scenes I've ever seen, even 40 years on!
Rated 03 Mar 2007
83
69th
The central premise, or at least how it's presented, is probably darker than most of his other stuff. It all evens out, though, as there's more than enough humour.
Rated 22 Apr 2007
84
77th
A good Hitchcock film with an interesting plot and his usual dark humour. Far from his best but still a very good film.
Rated 06 Oct 2009
65
51st
... lovely... lovely... It's a black comedy blended with classic Hitchcock themes and styles.
Rated 30 Aug 2015
70
64th
An unsympathetic main character, one slimy killer, an inspector who puts more effort into a weird psychological war against his wife than doing any detecting. A silly (rape?) murder scene. A slapstick naked corpse in a bag of spuds on the back of a lorry scene. Methinks this is far from classic Hitchcock.
Rated 29 Mar 2009
88
95th
For the first hour I figured it was alright, and that was it, just alright, but every time I thought it was over Hitchcock added a little more that gave the plot such intricate character that made me realize this is movie to behold--a wonderous masterpeice truly worthy of praise.
Rated 20 Dec 2009
89
80th
Leaves a bad taste in the mouth, but it is still a well-made film.
Rated 15 Mar 2021
80
75th
Honestly, the disgusting food that the cop's wife was serving seemed indistinguishable from the other disgusting British food in this film. Yes, even the grapes. This feels like a cross between Hitchcock and De Palma, where it is more unrestrained than Hitchcock's previous work, but still leaves some subtext unlike De Palma (his work is more putting the subtext of Hitchcock into the text).
Rated 12 Dec 2015
4
91st
The blunt, angrily anti-misogynist script juxtaposed with hitchcocks -particularly lurid and 'un-pretty' here- psycho-sexual delivery made for a strange mix. Despite some eye-rolling misses and even entire scenes that don't work -that silly truck bit for one- it's still good thanks to some interesting shots and a good final act.
Rated 27 Oct 2018
60
48th
Hitchcock returns to England...and rips off the Italians who ripped him off because he's jealous of the Americans who aren't ripping him off enough. So that's the assessment I had a million years ago when I saw Frenzy, which was basically confirmed by books and shit later. I say 'basically' because I might be making that up. First things last: Frenzy is bad but not boring, and it's also a little attention-starved.
Rated 24 Feb 2009
100
95th
Outstanding late Hitchcock. Stylish, perverse (in a good way, per usual with Hitch :-) ), fascinating throughout. Solid evidence that if Hitch had just managed to live another decade or so, he would have treated us all to numerous films jam-packed with all the explicit nudity and violence that he'd always wanted to include but was disallowed for most of his career. Also a strong candidate for the best closing line in cinema history
Rated 22 Aug 2022
2
17th
hitch is unmasked and at ease here, his worldview laid bare, and the result may be the closest he got to justifying his boring career-long persona as a deviously manipulative puppetmaster. i prefer his more neurotic, desperately conservative works, brought to life by their frictions, their sweaty wrestling for control. the haunting shot away from the third murder really got to me (lang would've been proud), but the rest is cheekily repugnant in a way that speaks only to his tiresome misanthropy.
Rated 22 Jun 2010
65
59th
Apart from a murder which is LOVELY (ahem) and a scene involving a dead woman's hand - both surprisingly nasty for their time - plus some almost Edward Blakesque dinner gags, this isn't the best I've seen from Hitchcock.
Rated 03 Jun 2012
76
64th
Definitely not Hitchcock's best but still an above average solid thriller. It's really eye-opening to see some of the views toward rape as this movie doesn't pull any punches as to the brutal nature of rape and murder, it's quite shocking in fact. That said, the best part of the film, for me, has to be the banter between the detective and his wife, who is insistent on cooking seemingly increasingly inedible dinners.
Rated 31 Oct 2018
65
46th
'anotha necktie murda!' feels a little like a hitchcock parody
Rated 24 Mar 2015
11
1st
A bloated, ugly late work that reflects badly on Hitchcock's lifelong obsession with murder - clearly he couldn't always have been this listless dirty old man who hides behind "technique".
Rated 08 Aug 2008
5
80th
Muted, tense, and possessing some outstanding tracking shots / classic Hitchcock moments.
Rated 07 Nov 2012
81
35th
81.000
Rated 11 Dec 2013
8
80th
The work of an outdated director who was still very much alive as an artist. You could make the argument that the explicit nature of the film was co-opted as a way to keep with the times, but I don't think that's true, because this movie is natural and effective, if a bit conventional. Several great scenes and a lot of lovely camerawork.
Rated 08 Apr 2008
75
68th
I don't remember Frenzy all too well, I should watch it again.
Rated 28 Mar 2020
74
63rd
74.4
Rated 28 Dec 2007
97
69th
Thrilling and colorful fare from Hitchcock.
Rated 08 Apr 2009
7
57th
I'll try to keep it concise. "Frenzy" doesn't go where one might think, it lacks the director's appealing style and known attributes (it's funny, that's for sure). Its provocative subject might also turn some of you off. I found it rather smart and funny, not one of his best, but enjoyable nonetheless. Far from mediocre/bad...
Rated 08 Oct 2022
70
57th
I feel unreasonably dirty after watching this film. entertained and bored at the same time. felt like hitchcock was mocking american genre conventions and the british simultaneously. weird focal length, a couple of incredibly uncomfortable scene, lots of chuckles, a boring bare-bone plot. I don't know what to do with this film and that's the fun part I guess.
Rated 13 Nov 2019
80
37th
Too many shots of food.
Rated 20 Aug 2022
70
50th
A depressing film about a guy who strangles women and frames someone else for it. I didn't really feel we got much of an explanation for why the culprit did what he did...it's not what I'd consider one of Hitchcock's better films. I think its one of his last ones, dating from the 1970s I believe. I wouldn't particularly recommend it, no.
Rated 10 Oct 2023
75
52nd
audiovisual 70 acting 75 overall feeling 80 avg 75
Rated 18 Mar 2011
76
75th
A fine work of art, though not nearly the level of Hitchcock's best works. I did not like all the funny parts of the story. Michael Bates from Clockwork Orange got older, though had his charm still.
Rated 08 Jul 2018
54
42nd
Virgem
Rated 29 Sep 2008
55
83rd
Fed stil - typisk engelsk fra dengang.
Rated 29 Dec 2009
60
28th
Just a regular tv thriller if you ask me.
Rated 08 Jul 2016
81
60th
Hitchcock returns to form once again with his work on Frenzy. The plot actually contains a lot of elements from his other films, with a "Jack the Ripper"-esque killer, an innocent man suspected of a crime, and so forth. What sets the movie apart for me than many of his others that adopted the same formula was the dread that he generates in the viewer. You know what's happening, you're powerless to stop, and you just keep hoping that by some off chance a character shows up when nobody else does..
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
50th
Terryfying and brilliant - an R rated near classic by Hitchcock.
Rated 17 Apr 2009
90
72nd
saw this again last night, 7/16/10. last time i saw this end of his career film from the master of suspense was thirty eight years ago. a really terrific film from hitch. one which reestablished his reputation after his prior two misfires..... torn curtain and topaz.....finch and foster are perfect. mccowan and merchant as the chief inspector and his wife, add some witty humor as well.....highly recommended!.
Rated 08 Aug 2017
91
93rd
Putting my natural hatred of British people on hold for a while this was excellent. Feel like this was a film Hitch had wanted to make for years but it wasn't until later in his career that society shifted towards allowing what he wanted to appear on screen. Superb camerawork also.
Rated 23 Sep 2007
75
57th
Always liked all the racks of produce (very pretty--and in color). And the scene where he breaks the dead girl's fingers to get the tiepin back (very Hitchcockian--the harrowingness of the ordinary).
Rated 29 Dec 2008
30
14th
My least favorite Hitchcock movie. It made me uncomfortable...and not in a compelling way.
Rated 19 Dec 2022
70
53rd
Hitchcock'un ustalığını ve tecrübesini konuşturduğu sahneler yok değil. (Bilhassa katilin Babs'i evine götürdükten sonraki sahne.) Fakat filmdeki mantık hataları, görmezden gelerek izlenemeyecek kadar fazla.
Rated 08 Mar 2012
75
77th
I think it's an underrated entry in the Hitchcock catalog. It doesn't have quite the same suspense as some and the story isn't really anything impressive, but it makes up for some of that by being really funny. The dinner scenes rank up there with any of the best Hitchcock scenes.
Rated 18 Sep 2013
81
68th
81.000
Rated 05 Dec 2009
70
67th
Alfred Hitchock really knows how to build up suspense and he does that very well with this movie. The acting was pretty top notch as I believe that with the script as well. Sometimes it goes a little slow, but he Hitchcock really takes his time to let the scene and the story play out and that is were his master of suspense takes its shape. Not my favorite Hitchcock movie, but at least it was good.
Rated 16 Jul 2022
73
61st
The dinner table scenes were good, everything else was just okay.
Rated 10 Feb 2015
51
34th
Boring...
Rated 18 Aug 2013
28
2nd
I just didn't care enormously.
Rated 19 Jul 2013
80
85th
barmen, isten kovulan adam, kravatlı katil, eski es, cinayet süphesi, bütün delillerin masum bir adami göstermesi, cinayet zanlisi durumuna düsmek, seri katil, tecavüz, evlilik merkezi, sebze meyve hali,
Rated 23 Jun 2012
55
43rd
Let down by a weak screenplay that revolves around Jon Finch's character going on the run from the police despite having no real reason to do so. It's illogical, and made worse by some bad acting, redundant secondary characters, repetitive humour (man, the cooking gags weren't funny) and a grubby undercurrent of misogyny. The two murders, each filmed very differently, offer proof that sometimes less is more. It has some good moments, but it ain't classic Hitchcock by any means.
Rated 16 Jan 2022
80
78th
While I generally liked this (the dinner scenes were my favorite), it felt like Hitchcock was trying to top himself by being a little more salacious, and I don't think that added anything to the tension. Perhaps it's a little unfair: this might be any other director's best film, but it's not quite up there in Hitch's A-list.
Rated 22 Jun 2012
80
81st
watched: 2012, 2024
Rated 01 Aug 2009
67
61st
Smart and actually quite funny, but it is hardly Hitchcock at his most effective or powerful.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
72
41st
Better than it's given credit for, but still not that hot.
Rated 09 Oct 2013
5
70th
considerably more blunt and explicit than anything i've seen from hitchcock so far...he normally deals with both sexuality and violence in a wry fashion but right from the outset there's all sorts of hard dealings with rape and fetishism. some fantastic moments but rather convoluted and uneven.
Rated 19 Jul 2010
74
56th
muito diferente do que eu espero do hitchcock. mas a surpresa é boa, meio punk, meio sem regras. o gordo nunca esteve tão mau, e já esteve tão engraçado. um bom trabalho.
Rated 14 Jun 2011
55
16th
Hitchcock is getting older
Rated 10 Jan 2011
30
78th
"Frenzy is easily the strongest of the master's final works." - Fernando F. Croce
Rated 21 Feb 2007
75
89th
Excellent.
Rated 08 May 2014
67
20th
This film is disappointing. The director Alfred Hitchcock has made a lot better movies than this one. Someone of the dialogue is dated and the characters are not very interesting. There are some suspenseful scenes but not enough to recommend this film.
Rated 02 Jan 2013
75
60th
You wouldn't think it a Hitchcock film if it wasn't for those seemingly misplaced dinner scenes between the police detective and his wife. It's decent, but, as I said, anyone could have made it...doesn't mean it's bad, far from it. Worth watching just to see how far Hitchcock can take a film about a sadistic rapist...I've got feeling, however that this may end up being the best films he made in his twilight years
Rated 22 Feb 2021
76
48th
Pretty decent. The 70s London setting is just great and the killings are well done. The potato truck sequence is so intense and well crafted, you are almost rooting for Rusk to get that pin! And the ending is satisfying. But, this is let down slightly by illogical and annoying character decisions and the dialogue: I read that some of the cast thought the dialogue lacked "Authenticity" and "Britishness" and I must agree. That snappy "perfect" dialogue doesn't really work in the 70s. But, decent.
Rated 28 May 2009
75
59th
It's one of Hitchcock's final films, and for some reason, I feel like the magic was gone. It's almost exploitatively violent instead of Hitchcock's usual implied violence, which somehow takes away from the impact of the film. Still, it's an interesting thriller, and the ending scene is fantastic.
Rated 04 Feb 2022
75
64th
It took the police a while to tie up that case.
Rated 25 Dec 2010
79
63rd
79.125
Rated 24 Jan 2011
40
35th
Decent in concept but seems to be lacking a certain something, a quality, Hitchcock's "charm" or his "magic", maybe.
Rated 24 Apr 2008
85
84th
One of Hitchcock's darkest films. Set in 1970's London about a brutal series of stranglings. I am always haunted by the scene of the body in the potato truck. Not for the squeamish but will be appreciated by true Hitchcock fans.
Rated 06 Oct 2019
70
42nd
This is a really odd film. In many ways it's a traditional Hitchcock film with it's "hero wrongly accused" plot and familiar Hitchcockian set pieces, but it's also an attempt to be more modern with it's nude scenes, a fairly graphic rape/murder sequence and Finch playing a genuinely unpleasant lead character.
Rated 15 May 2015
70
75th
The material isn't new - it's another serial killer and another "wrong man" - but there is finally some appropriate nudity and the sort of talk that censors hadn't allowed for most of Hitchcock's career. One corpse visibly breathes, but otherwise it's tightly made, and one of the better Hitchcock thrillers to look out for.
Rated 18 Jun 2008
30
32nd
Not as shitty as it's reputation would lead you to believe, but still not exactly prime Hitchock. It's interesting to see what the old master does when alowed to be more explicitly violent though.
Rated 06 Feb 2014
85
95th
I will never think of a potato lorry leaving Covent Garden in the same way again.
Rated 22 Jun 2015
55
30th
Not feeling the tension at all on this one. Felt like Hitchcock was trying to relive the magic of his glory days with sensational violence. Which maybe it was at the time but age has made it feel forced. In any case this was overall dreary to get through with a few spots of humor unrelated to the main plot.
Rated 27 Aug 2022
75
57th
Good late effort by Hitchcock. Not his best work by any means, but it's often unsettling and it's interesting seeing him work outside the Hays Code, which he takes advantage of. The scene in the potato truck stands out. The characters were a bit underwhelming, and it's Hitchcock returning yet again to the Wrong Man trope he used in so many of his films, but it's a solid thriller.
Rated 30 Oct 2023
61
24th
Imagine a freeze frame of me naked with my tongue hanging out after watching this film. Okay, it didn't quite leave me wishing I could be hung by a tie, but I was still pretty bored.
Rated 05 Apr 2010
86
86th
Thanks Alfred Hitchcock. This makes up for making me sit through "Topaz" and "Torn Curtain".
Rated 22 Jan 2020
70
13th
Hitchcock klasik bir”katil kim”filmi yerine katili bize filmin başlarında göstererek daha çok mekânsal gelişen bir takım olaylara dikkat çekmek istemiş.Ustanın kariyerinde sondan bir önceki film olan Frenzy,genel olarak The Birds sonrası çektiği filmler arasında en iyisi olarak kabul edilir.Film,yönetmenin altın dönemi çektiği başyapıtların seviyesinde olmasa da ustanın son demlerini ve dönemin Londra şehrini görmek için izlenmesi gereken filmlerden birisi.
Rated 14 Aug 2018
81
77th
Makes you wonder what else Hitch would have given us with the grit of the 70s and without the hindrance of the Hays Code. Unsettling.

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