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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene Reviews

November 16, 2017
Philippe's geekiness is infectious. His passion for film shines through most when he invites some of his interviewees-like horror nerd Elijah Wood and his friends-to watch the film on camera and comment on its foreshadowing and subtle motifs.
November 9, 2017
Hitchcock's shower scene may never leave the pop culture of fear it helped create.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 2, 2017
The infamous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho gets taken apart, fabulously dissected, then reassembled for this expansive and essential Hollywood documentary named after the scene's 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 2, 2017
78/52 is a fascinating affair, bound to appeal to movie lovers and social theorists alike even if it does sometimes seem more like a film studies lecture than a conventional piece of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2017
A documentary with wit, intelligence and negative-sum dull moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2017
A 30 minute film stretched to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 19, 2017
Obsessive but accessible, the deepest dive imaginable into one of the most celebrated scenes in movie history, the documentary "78/52" looks at a brief three minutes of cinema the way it's never been looked at before.
October 13, 2017
Alexandre O. Philippe's close reading of the Psycho shower scene is as refreshingly fun and perceptive as his documentary's name (referring to Alfred Hitchcock's 78 camera setups and 52 edits over three violent minutes) is eggheaded and clinical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 13, 2017
Essential viewing, even if you have to watch through your fingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 13, 2017
There are some interesting insights here - and a fair bit of redundant and derivative waffle ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2017
78/52 is an orgy for movie obsessives. It makes you see the familiar with fresh eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 13, 2017
In providing a detailed analysis of the shower scene in Hitchcock's horror milestone, makes a persuasive case for Psycho as the film that jump-started modern cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2017
It's a screen moment to treat with total reverence - and so enduring it could sustain "78/52: Part 2."
October 10, 2017
It ... seems overly breezy and insufficiently detailed, just skimming the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 26, 2017
Director Alexandre O. Philippe unpacks an entire semester's worth of cinema studies, coming to a unified theory of how one act of on-screen murder became the perfect "image of the uncaring universe."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 26, 2017
For all the pointy-headed geekery and technical expertise on display, 78/52 never loses sight of the fact that the Psycho scene is so important because it works so damn well, even now.
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January 25, 2017
The film picks up when it gets down to shot-by-shot analysis, allowing editors and other interviewees to break down one of the most famous sequences in movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 24, 2017
A resourceful, if rather hyperbolic documentary that devotes 90 minutes to analyzing one of the most famous scenes in film history.
January 24, 2017
For a long time now, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" has been two movies, and the hypnotic film-geek documentary "78/52" is an ingenious and irreverent master class in both of them.