Strangers on a Train 1951

Critics score:
98 / 100

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Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Perhaps Strangers on a Train still hasn't yielded all its secrets. Read more

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: ...his basic premise of fear fired by menace is so thin and so utterly unconvincing that the story just does not stand. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Hitchcock was above all the master of great visual set pieces, and there are several famous sequences in Strangers on a Train. Read more

TIME Magazine: Winds up with a scene in which a merry-go-round goes wild, spins like a pin wheel, and crashes in a gaudy blaze of explosions that no earthly carrousel could touch off. The movie itself is the same way: implausible but intriguing and great fun to ride. Read more

Time Out: Hitchcock erects a web of guilt around Granger, who 'agreed' to his wife's murder, a murder that suits him very well, and structures his film around a series of set pieces, ending with a paroxysm of violence on a circus carousel. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Given a good basis for a thriller in the Patricia Highsmith novel and a first-rate script, Hitchcock embroiders the plot into a gripping, palm-sweating piece of suspense. Read more