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The deliciousness of watching the film as it's intended to be seen is that the big screen gives Rear Window back its claustrophobia.
In an impressive oeuvre, Rear Window is arguably the most exquisitely handcrafted feature, because Hitchcock mastered the spatial as well as behavioral coordinates of his chosen universe inch by inch.
It's one of Alfred Hitchcock's inspired audience-participation films: watching it, you feel titillated, horrified, and, ultimately, purged.
New York Times:
Its appeal, which goes beyond that of other, equally masterly Hitchcock works, remains undiminished.
Rear Window lovingly invests in suspense all through the film, banking it in our memory, so that when the final payoff arrives, the whole film has been the thriller equivalent of foreplay.
Surely one of Alfred Hitchcock's best entertainments.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Since the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic is all about the voyeuristic instinct, the better the view, the more sensational the experience.
Just possibly the second most entertaining picture (after The 39 Steps) ever made by Alfred Hitchcock.
Of all Hitchcock's films, this is the one which most reveals the man.
Hitchcock combines technical and artistic skills in a manner that makes this an unusually good piece of murder mystery entertainment.