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4.4
24,061 Ratings

Psycho

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1960
Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis

Immortal for its shrieking score and contribution to horror, _Psycho_follows the story of Marion. Frustrated with her job and lover she follows a sudden impulse to steal $40,000 and leave town. She encounters a peculiar young innkeeper during a stopover that culminates with an infamous shower scene.

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Psycho Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1961 | 4 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Critics reviews

Who exactly is looking back at you when you stand in front of a mirror? And could this be the same kind of look when an actor is directed to look straight into the camera? Psycho (1960) by Alfred Hitchcock is full of those mirroring scenes and is packed with that sort of communication between the actor and the camera. The audience is kept busy to seperate these two ways of looking at … yourself.
March 12, 2015
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Even if the infamous shower scene has lost its surprise and shock value (but watch it closely anyway), there’s still a great deal to enjoy: a black and white pallet fine-tuned down to Vera Miles’ bra; Hitchcock’s bizarre infatuation with the Oedipus Complex; Bernard Herrmann’s superb score. From the outside it’s a film we’ve become accustomed to, but in a dark theater it becomes hauntingly unfamiliar again.
November 30, 2012
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A close inspection of “PSYCHO” indicates not only that the French have been right all along, but that Hitchcock is the most-daring avant-garde film-maker in America today. Besides making previous horror films look like variations of “Pollyanna,” “Psycho” is overlaid with a richly symbolic commentary on the modern world as a public swamp in which human feelings and passions are flushed down the drain.
June 16, 1960
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Psycho

    35mm screening @Pacific Film Archive, 6 August 2016. I really do not like horror films, but I took my teen to see PSYCHO because it is part of the lexicon of cinema. Although I didn't enjoy the story, I can appreciate the style, the way shots are framed, etc. But I don't want to see this film, or most of Hitchcock's films, ever again, unlike some of my favorite films, which I will watch again and again.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Psycho

    CINEMA, 35 mm _ 3rd time, 1st on big screen and 35 mm ! From Saul Bass titles till the almost very last images where Perkin’s face is a tenth of a second in surimpression with its mothers, so many experimentations ! I understand why this is one of Hitch’s favorites, even more if you consider the small budget. I could watch the editing of the shower scene over and over again. Fantastic score from Bernard Herrmann.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Psycho

    Placed in the annals of cinema's history, this remarkably prescient film about the weight of the world as the oppressive 'debt' owned to the mother, is masterfully transformed into entertainment of first order, stretching its psychoanalytical asumen to a sharp critique of US idols: the automobile, the blonde and money. Metonymically still resonant this filmic matricide of cinema's paranoia is unsettling and profound.

  • Slow Immersion's rating of the film Psycho

    Of all the universally praised filmmakers, there isn't a director who I respect less than this guy. I see absolutely nothing in his films of any value :D and they feel so contrived and fake. My most overrated filmmaker to ever live..

  • Trevor Tillman's rating of the film Psycho

    One of those films I've watched almost annually since I was 14 or so. It still gets me to shut out the rest of the world and really engage with it to the point where there are new discoveries with each viewing. The denouement scene feels like an appendage to what's otherwise one of the most effective thrillers ever. An experiment in audience identification, beautifully appropriate given Bates' split identity.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Psycho

    Hitchcock's decision to shoot in black and white lends the film a sense of intimate voyeurism, and the mise-en-scene is incredibly detailed. The scene of Vera Miles scavenging through the Bates' home is one of the greatest in film history. Also, Janet Leigh might be the first person to ever say "I'll lick the stamps" as a term of endearment.

  • anarresti's rating of the film Psycho

    Yep, I do have to watch this again. Because, unlike... everyone I know, I don't really like Psycho that much. And I want to understand if it's because the film is so good that it makes me unconfortable, or because I just don't identify with what it's about.

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Psycho

    The first 45 minutes is perfect and almost surprisingly humane for Hitchcock as he avoids characterising Norman Bates as a complete psychopath. I felt sorry for him as he was talking to Janet Leigh. Everything was so good. And then, Hitchcock realised he needed it to be longer so he padded it out with WHO GIVES A SHIT characters and plot twists that even blind man could see coming. It's so mundane and boring.

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