Critic Consensus: Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre. Because Psycho was filmed with tact, grace, and art, Hitchcock didn't just create modern horror, he validated it.
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as Norman Bates
as Marion Crane
as Lila Crane
as Dr. Richmond
as Mrs. Chambers
as George Lowery
as California Charlie
as Highway Patrolman
as District Attorney
as Chief of Police
as Woman Customer
as Police Guard
as Man Outside Office in Cowboy Hat
as Bob Summerfield
as Perkins' Double in Shower Scene
as Leigh's Double in Shower Scene
as Norma Bates (uncredited)
as Norma Bates (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Psycho
Psycho comes nearer to attaining an exhilarating balance between content and style than anything Hitchcock has done in years. Of course, it is a very minor work. But its virtues of tension, surprise, virtuosity and control are all major ones.
It is one of [Hitchcock's] most brilliantly directed shockers and also his most disagreeable.
A brilliant technical exercise, an intimate character study, and the ultimate variant on the premise "boy meets girl."
Paramount won't let anyone enter theatres where Psycho is playing after the picture starts. No one will want to leave before it is over.
Audience Reviews for Psycho
A seminal classic of horror by master Alfred Hitchcock, with some of the most memorable iconic scenes in the history of Cinema. Tense, horrific and a superb lesson in filmmaking, it offers well-constructed characters, a lot of revealing dialogue and a huge regard for details.
Hitchcock's classic "comedy" featuring the world's most famous mother's boy is one of the most influential films ever made; every serial killer and slasher movie owes something to this, one of the true greats of cinema. Unfortunately, as the character of Norman Bates is SO infamous, this is one of those films I wish I could forget I had ever seen and watch it with fresh eyes, but it is still fascinating to watch the awkwardly shy and fresh-faced Anthony Perkins knowing how the story plays out, especially during the exchange between he and Janet Leigh in the parlour. The only minor flaw is the fact that the first act is stronger than the second inevitably meaning a slight anti-climax, especially since the final scenes include the psychiatrist's speech explaining all which is clearly irrelevant in this day and age when the concept of multiple personalities is common knowledge. This is countered however by the brilliantly creepy final shot of Perkins as "mother", who wouldn't even hurt a fly...One of those films that I still find gripping every time I see it.
|Norman Bates:||People always mean well. They cluck their thick tongues and shake their heads and suggest oh, so very delicately...|
|Norman Bates:||Mother! Oh, God, Mother! Blood! Blood!!|
|Norman Bates:||A boy's best friend is his mother.|
|Norman Bates:||We all go a little mad sometimes.|