Notorious lacks many of the qualities which made the best of Alfred Hitchcock's movies so good, but it has more than enough good qualities of its own. Hitchcock has always been as good at domestic psychology as at thrillers, and many times here he makes a moment in a party, or a lovers' quarrel, or a mere interior shrewdly exciting in ways that few people in films seem to know…. [He is] resourceful, and exceptional, in his manufacture of expressive little air pockets of dead silence. He has a strong sense of the importance of the real place and the real...
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