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Rear Window

Rear Window

1954
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 52m
A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
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Rear Window

1954
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 52m
Your probable score
Avg Percentile 77.46% from 10329 total ratings

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Rated 03 Nov 2018
85
94th
I caught my neighbor watching this through his window and I thought it would be hilarious if I buried something under his flower bed but I couldn't find a shovel so I just murdered my wife instead. You should've seen his face!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
99
99th
I've seen this I don't know how many times, but it still fills me with tension and dread. And the characters are all wonderful, particularly Thelma Ritter. There are a dozen Hitchcock films that are notable, but this is without a doubt one of the best.
Rated 13 Oct 2018
97
95th
I don't really think there is anything about this movie that I didn't like. Hitchcock's directing is as expertise as usual, and the dialogue and story are thoroughly original and ahead of its time. The whole movie took place in one room and while it is a slow movie at times, it kept my attention. Stewart is fantastic as usual and the supporting cast shines quite a bit as well. I would recommend it to anyone who already likes Alfred Hitchcock. I will definitely be watching it again.
Rated 18 Feb 2007
5
91st
No matter how times I see this, I'll never be able to stop silently screaming at Grace Kelly to get the hell out of Raymond Burr's apartment. Brilliantly structured, superbly acted, amazingly shot and executed; as tense as they come, and next to Vertigo as Hitchcock's best film.
Rated 06 Aug 2017
100
97th
Not having seen it since high school, I originally gave this a Tier 8 score. Then I rewatched it, and damn! What was I thinking?
Rated 26 Oct 2019
92
95th
Like with so many films, even if you haven't actually seen them, through the power of pop-cultural-osmosis, you probably kind of have already seen them somewhere. So after seeing enough things like "Bart of Darkness" on The Simpsons, I was a little nervous how they might impact my first viewing. However like already knowing the twists of "Psycho"(1960) half a century later, most of the reasons that made Hitchcock's movies cultural touchstones in the first place, still manage to hold up today.
Rated 09 Mar 2007
65
26th
In the 50s a cripple looking out a window was really avant garde.
Rated 21 Oct 2017
90
93rd
You hear so much about this movie and it's sense of tension and dread. While those elements were present, I was actually surprised by how much humor and relationship drama there were. But at the end, it was so well built up that the tension shone through. I was actually in a crowded theater getting to see this for the first time and somebody screamed at the end. It was kind of perfect. Stewart and Kelly were fantastic.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
100
95th
Total classic. Actually gets better the more you think about it, thanks to all the subtext cleverly built in
Rated 04 Jun 2016
89
89th
Injured by shooting too close to danger, an obsessive photographer opts to observe his subjects from afar. Opening pan across the apts is pure cinema. For so long the real mystery here is whether or not there's even a mystery (this is unfortunately broken when Thorwald turns out to be more shallow than we are led to think) but what captivates most is atmosphere - the fluidity between incidental and diegetic music, the offbeat neighbors, the charmingly fake soundstage.
Rated 21 Apr 2009
98
99th
Practically perfect in every way, and one I have watched probably more times than any other film and still keep on finding new things. I keep claiming that this film is actually a romantic comedy where the main point is the relationship of Jeff and Lisa and the thriller elements and murder is just a McGuffin, something which puts the story in motion and is highly important for the characters but how it actually works out is of less importance for the movie...
Rated 08 Jan 2007
99
99th
A Hitchcock masterwork featuring great performances by Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. Totally unique and captivating. Grace Kelly plays the most likeable female character in the entire Hitchcock canon.
Rated 09 Feb 2007
4
74th
It's all filmed from Jimmy Stewart's apartment, but it doesn't feel claustrophobic, restrained, or even slow. Hitchcock's structure is perfect, and the one-room setting helps the suspense immensely. I love the script, and though there aren't many characters, the movie is full of great acting. One of Hitch's best.
Rated 25 Jul 2007
93
95th
I watched this in a high school film class, and you figure that watching an older movie like this would have a classroom of teenagers antsy and bored outta their stupid, unable-to-appreciate-classic-film minds. But lo! Everybody remained engaged and quiet throughout, and ended up really loving it... which illustrated to me that some films really can epitomize timelessness and be damn near perfect.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
95th
Superb! Hitchcock at his best! The masterpiece that best fits the term "hitchcockian film" for certain. One of the most inspired directing and one of the most marvelous screenplays of all time. One of my personal faves.
Rated 30 Jul 2012
5
98th
Masterful suspenser with a(n uncharacteristically for Hitch) heart-warming and believable relationship at the centre. Spectacular set design perfectly places everyone, including the viewer right there.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
98th
Perfect example of why Hitchcock is the master of suspense
Rated 27 Sep 2015
91
94th
One of the best thrillers I've ever seen. I didn't expect so much comedy to be interwoven, but from start to finish, I was intrigued, entertained, and a little scared.
Rated 20 Feb 2007
88
96th
Perhaps Hitch's tightest picture: the atmosphere is remarkably contained (great sets and wonderful use of diagetic sound), the characters are wry, witty, and fun, and the story is compelling and carefully focused. The film also successfully employs a wide range of tones, from great romantic banter to absolutely chilling cruelty, resulting in a terrific experience. If there's anyone who hasn't seen a Hitchcock film before, this would be a phenomenal introduction.
Rated 28 Aug 2017
96
96th
That's a classic Hitchcock stuff but there's two things that stands out better than the other films: having both disturbing and peaceful elements and achieving doing a wonderful thriller, without using lots of places..
Rated 12 Dec 2006
84
77th
A tense, fun movie that really makes you get into Stewarts character. We see everything from his point of view and go through the same series of suspicions he does. The best part of the film is how it doens't focus on the mystery as much as the spying and makes us complicit in it, not only spying on a possible murderer but on the entire neighborhood.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
97
99th
I am not a big James Stewart fan but he was pefect in this and for this. A great cast and great script make yet another amazing film for Hitchcock's resume. It also inspired me to spy on my neighbors all the time just in case.
Rated 10 Apr 2016
90
91st
A great reflection on privacy but also a good character study. It starts off pretty lighthearted, but then becomes more grave as it goes on. An excellent mystery movie that employs a lot of Hitchcock trademarks and his storytelling formula, but does so remarkably. Also, the direction is top notch, and the use of sound is extraordinary. Sound itself is really a character, which is so rare, the absence of it can be felt and things can be tense without a word really spoken.
Rated 22 Sep 2008
88
95th
James Stewart does quite well, but every other player in this film is simply average, it doesn't pick up until after about 30 minutes, but after that it is quite good.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
94
92nd
I love Rear Window. It's incredibly intense and incredibly watchable every time you pop it in. Most movies like this get a little boring after so many viewings, but not this one.
Rated 20 Dec 2009
96
96th
Great suspense. And a lot to think about too. Are we actors in our own lives, or merely voyeurs? And what dangers do we run, depending on what option we choose?
Rated 04 Feb 2007
95
96th
Rear Window is a rare kind of film, It is unbelievable that one of Hitchcock's most suspenseful films takes place in one room, he does a hell of a job of keeping you captivated, and no matter who it is, and how tough you are, you are bound to jump out of your seat when Raymond Burr comes home, and Grace Kelly is in his apartment. If you want to get into Hitchcock, this is recommended viewing, an absolute Triumph. A Masterpiece of Cinema.
Rated 29 Sep 2015
100
98th
One of the few films that are a "must see" for any aspiring director. From a technical standpoint, the film is stunning. Hitchcock manages to make the small set larger than life, as each scene is brimming with energy. The slow build to the final tense moments is masterful. Also, it took a rewatch of this film to realize how funny it is. Hitchcock manages to balances the levity of the situation with some good hearty chuckles.
Rated 02 Jun 2020
91
94th
I love how the backdrop of the stage manipulates scale with taller, distant skyscrapers. DisneyLand took notes. It's so endearing that shooting on location would've felt wrong. Beautiful piano music too
Rated 26 Sep 2008
85
83rd
Incredibly suspensful towards the end but I must admit it does take a bit to get going. However that does reflect the sheer boredom of the central character being cooped up in his apartment for six weeks straight. The cinematography is superb, as almost all of it takes place from the protagonists apartment, and the natural soundtrack perfectly heightens the tension. Still I can't honestly say I think it's as great as everyone else does.
Rated 29 Aug 2009
95
80th
One of Hitchcock's greatest films. The way he is able to build such suspense even though the entire movie takes place from one location is brilliant. There are also several sub-plots within the movie that are probably good enough to make a movie all there own. Stewart's performance is excellant as usual. It's just a great suspense thriller from start to finish.
Rated 26 Jan 2007
96
98th
Hitchcock was really the master of suspense, this is a great example.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
9
98th
Not quite my favorite Hitchcock but the first film I think of when he's brought up, a quintessential and nearly flawless example of his style. Jimmy Stewart is the perfect helpless everyman Hitchcock protagonist, Grace Kelly is the perfect Hitchcock blonde, and the plot makes us the helpless voyeur into a world of suspense and murder right there with our hero. The snappy dialogue and thrills have aged like fine wine, and retain all their kick to this day.
Rated 25 Apr 2011
90
95th
All the strengths of Hitchcock rolled into a slick package. Plus, Grace Kelly *mmmm*.
Rated 28 Jul 2009
99
99th
The best subjective thriller ever made. Hell, it might just be the greatest thriller ever made, period. More suspenseful and interesting than I ever thought a film could be. An absolute masterpiece and Hitchcock's finest film.
Rated 23 Mar 2015
100
99th
Films don't get any better than this. The premise is ridiculously simple but it's executed in such an creative, flawless way that it becomes a masterpiece.
Rated 31 Aug 2008
60
49th
You can see the main theme/plot/premise/whatever the word is in other movies like Disturbia, Head over Heels, etc. Although I enjoyed this movie, I don't seem to fall in love with it like others do on Criticker, Imdb etc. I know it wasn't the intention, but there were parts where I just started laughing. The ending where he kept flashing him with the light and the neighbors and cops being 'fast forwarded' were priceless.
Rated 11 May 2010
80
90th
Pretty tense
Rated 21 Oct 2020
75
69th
This movie didn't do a lot for me Too old fashioned for my taste and I'm not a huge James Stewart fan But that ending goes to show why Hitchcock is the master of suspense
Rated 15 Oct 2018
75
69th
The shot composition in this is unreal. Needs rewatch.
Rated 29 Apr 2007
9
90th
Hitchcock takes the standard "Oh god get out of the room, someone is coming!" thriller cliche and turns it into a goddamn masterwork, then laughs his way to the bank. Damn you Hitchcock, you fat bastard. I love it.
Rated 10 Nov 2018
85
92nd
Grace Kelly's posture and poise. I suppose another director could have made this film more suspenseful but the light hearted manner was enjoyable. I only disliked the ending.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
Thoroughly entertaining from first frame to last, and one of those rare films that has only one disappointment: it eventually ends. Without a doubt, a true work of art.
Rated 15 Oct 2019
80
79th
Its interesting how Jeff (the main character) interprets the observations he witnesses. Its all a case of context, I suppose. Hearing him query other peoples interpretations of what he saw made me doubt the truth behind the circumstances. It features a strong performance from both James Stewart and Grace Kelly, who is quick to challenge his assumptions. It makes me wonder what do others read in to otherwise seemingly every day activities and observations?.
Rated 21 Nov 2012
95
97th
Masterfully crafted murder mystery that still manages to keep me on the edge of my seat. Hitchcock is excellent with the camerawork, proving he really is the king of suspense. Jimmy Stewart is brilliant.
Rated 09 Jan 2017
75
53rd
"People do a lot of things in private they couldn't possibly explain in public."
Rated 15 Mar 2007
95
98th
What can you say that hasn't already been told? This is one of the ultimate masterpieces of suspense.
Rated 21 May 2017
83
95th
Hitchcock's disregard for reality based cinema is evident in Jeff's constant rebuking of Lisa. How many men would resist Grace Kelly's advances? Rear Window is classic Hitch with its elaborate pans, tasteful tracking shots and intense suspense built slowly, like clockwork. His style was ruthlessly mechanical, and it's almost too perfectly deployed, but he was undoubtedly skilled and could tell a multi-layered story with enviable ease. Voyeurism has never been this fun. Screw De Palma!
Rated 18 Feb 2015
99
80th
Genuine worry and just plain beautiful film
Rated 25 May 2007
95
96th
Possibly my favorite Hitchcock film. I love the snappy exchanges between Stewart and Kelly, and the tension is incredible in some places.
Rated 07 Apr 2013
99
94th
It works as the best introduction to Hitchcock films not just because of his usual tropes--flawed men, calm and plotting women, suspense, and mystery. But because it makes the audience become the story as you go along. As the plot unfolds you, like Grace Kelly's character, want to know the grizzly details of a murder, while apathetic to the fall out. Raymond Burr's "What do you want from me?" serves as a question not just to Stewart, but also (thanks to the P.O.V. shot) the viewer as well.
Rated 02 Jan 2009
87
89th
grace kelly, jimmy stewart, the set = awesome.
Rated 03 Dec 2007
100
99th
Now this was suspenseful. Alfred Hitchcock really knows how to slowly build the tension and the way it boils over towards the end was awesome. I waas expecting to see what happened to Jimmy Stewart's character at the end, but it was original in a way. The cast was also excellent from top to bottom and we could see several little mini sub plots through out the film that could have been movies themselves.
Rated 29 Sep 2019
92
96th
For such a simple film, RW provokes more than its fair share of discussion on so many issues. Is it a romantic comedy with a backdrop of intrigue? ( Surely the idea of Grace Kelly being too perfect it suitably hilarious?); Has a murder actually been committed? If it has, is it the person you think it is? Is it all just paranoia caused by someone cooped up whilst recuperating? Just a wonderful film, beautifully acted, and well paced ... as long as you forget the dodgy special effects.
Rated 02 Dec 2009
89
91st
Films like Disturbia that clearly stole from Rear Window along with Simpson parodies ruined the Thriller aspect of this wonderful film. But I still managed to enjoy it none the less, though somewhat expecting certain things to occur the whole time :(
Rated 02 Sep 2011
91
98th
Unfolds wonderfully, keeps you interested throughout and builds the tension in a gripping way. Awesome premise, masterful execution.
Rated 10 Jan 2016
100
89th
A masterpiece. one of the greatest films of all time. Everything is on point. The acting, the dialogue, the sound design, the pacing, and my god, the set design remains fascinating and eye-catching for the films entire run time. And despite the film taking place in one small apartment, Hitchcock's total control over the camera makes it feel so much bigger in scale that it really is. What a film.
Rated 11 Oct 2014
94
95th
One of Hitchcock's finest. Turns the audience into complicit voyeurs.
Rated 15 Jun 2009
98
98th
A rare gem. One of those feel good Movies. After a few secs you are totally in that situation. A timeless Movie with a perfect cast up ahead James Stewart and the stunning beauty Grace Kelly. Don't miss that one !!
Rated 29 Jul 2008
98
93rd
What can you say that hasn't been told about this film? It's one of the best Mysteries of all time, and Hitchcock proves once again why he's the master. I still remain engaged with watching this!
Rated 25 Feb 2007
85
93rd
It was my first Hitchcoch movie which I watched and I admired Hitchcock's characterization of people.
Rated 01 Nov 2013
93
97th
Hitchcock's classic of voyeurism features some of his best and least self-conscious direction (maybe the flashbulb bit is a little silly)--you don't feel the manipulations, just the suspense. And there's plenty of that on hand, but it's the observational nature of it--conveyed in a patient, subtle, subjective manner that remains fresh even today--that really sets it apart. Smartly, sharply written, with superior performances from James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr.
Rated 31 Jul 2008
97
98th
If someone had told me before watching this that a film shot entirely from inside a photographer's apartment would be one of the most exciting thrillers ever made I would have been skeptical. This is just fantastic.
Rated 02 Jan 2019
94
99th
The immersion into this courtyard community gives the film such a comfortable, classy, sweet vibe that the grey-haired fat man smoking his cigarette alone in the dark doesn't need any leading chords to feel sinister. He just needs the poise and love of Grace Kelly for his comedown - she, who just wants to prove to her man that she is not just the elegant, perfect, thrillingly sexy creature that somehow entered his life - she also has the guts. What a wholesome fantasy it all is! And the outfits!
Rated 04 Sep 2016
75
82nd
Great cinematography and suspense, and, really, the setting for this movie is so interesting and well set up that it just makes looking at it so enjoyable.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
90
93rd
This gives "Psycho" a run for its money. And I briefly struggled with which to rate higher. This is top notch, atmospheric and paranoid stuff, with a brilliant premise and a great cast. All orchestrated by The Master.
Rated 30 Jan 2011
100
85th
7 Shaqtaculars
Rated 08 Feb 2007
97
98th
My favorite Hitchcock. It only gets better and better with each viewing, as I notice it goes deeper and deeper. Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly are brilliant. Utterly compelling storyline.
Rated 03 Oct 2013
95
56th
A cinematic masterpiece and arguably Hitchcock's best, told entirely through the view of our wheelchair bound, Jeffries, Hitchcock's "Rear Window" contains fantastic social messages of women and is one of the most thrilling and memorable of mystery films
Rated 10 Dec 2017
80
38th
This was a special movie. The movie you think just overrated turned when you see what Hitchcock tried to tell you and the incredible cinematography. I just found the ending insufficient. It would've been more meaningful and sensitive.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
90
90th
One of Hitchcock's bests. The opening shot is snerghy good.
Rated 16 Jan 2007
80
96th
watch the neighbours
Rated 26 Jul 2008
9
90th
(2nd viewing) I had mixed feelings about this film when I first saw it a while ago. For a suspense film, it doesn't offer a lot of thrills because you see everything unfolding on screen, devoid of genuine frightening moments, which Psycho excelled at. Judging the technical aspects, this film is top notch, and a great example for present and future filmmakers. I liked it more the 2nd time around, so I still recommend it.
Rated 11 Nov 2010
66
55th
Interesting, enjoyable watch. Still, though clearly well made and directed, I just didn't feel any tension until the lights went out--and the confrontation bit has not aged well. Good film, though.
Rated 24 Jun 2015
80
73rd
Though very slow to start, this is a great character study and movie that is willing to tell you everything about the characters down to a deep, personal level. The confined story and building sense of dread right at the end are so well done, its no wonder this movie is held in high regard. Great Hitchcock film.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
98
96th
# 41
Rated 02 Nov 2008
95
97th
Shows up most modern thrillers for the gimmicky borefests they actually are.
Rated 12 Jan 2013
90
95th
Hitchcock's finest hour, in the opinion of this humble reviewer. Stewart and Kelly shine while the plot is gripping and tense. Wonderful!
Rated 26 Feb 2007
85
96th
The film depends entirely on the acting, and every player delivers to perfection. With lesser players and direction, this would have been an average thriller.
Rated 01 Dec 2006
96
90th
Great thriller that only takes place in one room. Brilliantly directed.
Rated 20 Aug 2009
92
86th
This is one of Hitchcock's best films. "Rear Window" is full of suspense and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire film. The acting is great, and this is one film that I turn back to once a year.
Rated 02 Oct 2010
100
98th
The eye-roller of an ending is a bit deflating, and mumbly old Grampa Stewart making out with his daughter's friend is pretty gross, but the way Hitchcock turns this admittedly dopey plot into a masterpiece examination of privacy and the audience simply by limiting our perspective of that mind-boggling set...it's just a pleasure to sit back and marvel at the damn thing.
Rated 30 Jan 2015
75
75th
A lot of time is spent on building up to the final confrontation, unfortunately it comes across very clumsy by today's standards. I could overlook this because it was made 60 years ago, but I believe this shouldn't be an excuse. Also: Hitchcock's love stories are always a bit silly and this is starting to become annoying.
Rated 08 Sep 2014
8
80th
A classic from Alfred Hitchcock. It's such a treat to watch this film and see the pieces of the suspense and thriller still shining through today. A slow build to one of the best moments of cinema. Check this one out, it's a necessity.
Rated 26 Feb 2022
60
46th
I don't get this one. people going on about tension and such, there was absolutely no tension for me whatsoever. there wasn't a single doubt about stewart's or kelly's wellbeing, even for a second. every plot beat came as expected. this film might be up there with the best of Hitchcock in terms of cinematography, but it pales in comparison to a masterpiece like the Psycho.
Rated 17 Jun 2009
85
81st
I'm surprised at how Hitchcock makes the inaudible neighbors across from Stewart have more character than any run-of-the-mill thriller. The nurse had some humorous one-liners, but this piece of dialogue really stood out:

"And I asked myself, what's General Motors got to be nervous about? Over production, I says. Collapse. When General Motors has to go to the bathroom ten times a day, the whole country's ready to let go."

Rear Window: Suspenseful, AND prophetic!
Rated 30 Mar 2018
3
36th
Beautiful compositions
Rated 08 Apr 2016
97
98th
My third time seeing this film and not one moment has gotten stale. LB Jeffries' (James Stewart) arrogance astonishes and excites to some extent. Lisa Fremont's (Grace Kelly) innocence with a desire to prove Jeffries wrong helps to develop a great character arc. What astonished me most on this watch though was just how much Hitchcock could get the audience to care about characters we didn't ever meet - all while crafting a great thriller. Bravo, Mr. Hitchcock.
Rated 10 Jun 2018
80
80th
Stella: "Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence."
Rated 15 Jun 2018
93
78th
A-
Rated 02 Aug 2009
90
64th
Great, but for some reason the ball gowns put me off.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
91st
Chilling and entertaining. One of Hitchcock's most famous, deservedly so.
Rated 30 Jul 2009
100
93rd
Just fantastic.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
99
99th
One of the all time great Hitchcock films. And let's face it, Grace Kelly was elegantly HOT.
Rated 21 Jun 2008
99
99th
An absolute masterpiece. Suspenseful, and fun to watch, while also being a powerful chunk of subtle commentary. Plus, the beautiful Grace Kelly, in beutiful clothes. what's not to love?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
92nd
An absolute classic. Stewart at his finest. The way this movie delivers is something akin to brilliance. The story is predictable, at best, but so much more than that due to the way Hitchcock shot it. Were it not shot in such a confining way, it could have been justa nother murder mystery. But keeping you confined to looking out the window for all of your clues makes you feel like you ARE L.B. Jeffries. Really cool.
Rated 03 Dec 2011
75
77th
You've got to give it to Hitchcock: who else could shove somebody in an apartment and create so much tension and suspense from only peeping out the window?
Rated 17 Mar 2012
100
98th
what is there not to like...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
One of my favorite movies of all time.
Rated 11 Dec 2009
80
80th
This is an all time classic, from which many a story have been derived. Sadly, these days it feels a bit dated, and truth be told, Stewart's character is a little annoying. You have Grace Kelly in your living room, and still you're moaning about fear of commitment? Get a grip, God-dammit man!

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