Lists: Drama, Horror, Thriller, Psychological Thrillers, AFI 100 (2007), Classics, Sight And Sound Critics Top 250

Brief Synopsis: "When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower."

Overall Ranking: 4 (Rank from 1960: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 93.75%
Regular 6.25%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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  • Hitchcock Suspense Take 2

  • Reviewer Rating Review
    Daniel Prinn at Daniel's Film Reviews100(full review)
    Dan O'Neill100(full review)
    Josh of Classicblanca100
    Jay of Life Vs Film100(full review)
    Thomas Pollock100
    Sober Film Critic James Brown99(full review)
    Andy Watches Movies97(full review)
    David Baruffi97
    Colin Flanagan97 - Alfred Hitchcock killed his main protagonist within 30 minutes of the film. It also brought us the iconic knife in the shower scene.
    Morgan On Media97(full review)
    Dan Fogarty - Fogs Movie Reviews95(full review)
    Often Off Topic Allie Adkins90 - Still stands strong so many years later. A fantastic, twisty story full of suspense.
    (full review)
    Rob from GuysFilmQuest85
    CinemaVisitor Erik85
    Bryan Lienesch77 - It's value isn't necessarily what is on the screen so much as what it has inspired since.

    People Involved

  • Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates)
  • Vera Miles (Lila Crane)
  • John Gavin (Sam Loomis)
  • Janet Leigh (Marion Crane)
  • Martin Balsam (Det. Milton Arbogast)
  • John McIntire (Sheriff Al Chambers)
  • Simon Oakland (Dr. Fred Richman)
  • Frank Albertson (Tom Cassidy)
  • Patricia Hitchcock (Caroline (as Pat Hitchcock))
  • Vaughn Taylor (George Lowery)
  • Lurene Tuttle (Mrs. Chambers)
  • Mort Mills (Highway Patrol Officer)
  • John Anderson (California Charlie)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (Director)
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