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He was the world’s most famous film director, yet Alfred Hitchcock gambled his reputation on a horror pic deemed so toxic by Hollywood that he had to bankroll it himself. Psycho was the epoch-changing result, and this fact-based drama zooms in on its making, examining Hitchcock the artist and man when the pressure was on.

On the making-of details, it’s breezily entertaining as Anthony Hopkins’ Master of Suspense battles to preserve his vision. However, when Sacha Gervasi’s follow-up to his splendid music doc Anvil ponders just what this shocking tale of voyeurism says about Hitchcock’s own psyche, it has less to say.

Still, Mirren and Hopkins excel in each other’s company, neediness and jealousy glinting in their banter of married routine. The dialogue is almost zippy enough to convince us they’re in a better movie than this scatty, intriguing but slightly undercooked effort.

By Trevor Johnston
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 98
  • Released: Sun, 16 Dec
  • Classification: PG15
  • Language: English
  • Director: Sacha Gervasi
  • Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Wincott, Jessica Biel

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