Everything about this movie, from Hepburn & Grant's charm, the great ensemble cast, obvious story nods to Hitchcock, the beauty of Paris and those gorgeous Givenchy clothes hark back to the glamour of old Hollywood. It's funny and sweet and at times, quite suspenseful but it's a nostalgia for days (and films) long gone and the dialogue at times borders on silly. But we all need a little bit of silly sometimes!
Definitely the most "Hitchcockian" movie I've seen that he didn't actually make — for several reasons including the punishment of the "woman who looks", Cary Grant, a wrongly accused individual, exotic/foreign setting, dastardly villains, mistaken identities, artsy title sequence like the ones Saul Bass did for him... Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn have great chemistry, despite the laughable age disparity.
The best Hitchcock film that was not directed by Hitchcock. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn make one of cinema's perfect movie couples. Supporting cast is also top notch and it has a great line-up of the "usual suspects" from that era. While the plot is a little predictable and some of the comedy is a tiny bit dated it is so filled with great moments it is hard to not find something to love here.
What is it with Walter Matthau as the CIA man on the ground? First Hopscotch and now this. Hepburn and Grant both on breezy autopilot, Grant maybe more so as he never really feels very invested in what is happening. Maybe a symptom of the chameleonic figure he's playing, but the whole thing doesn't quite click.
It brilliantly plays with all the clichés of the genre, and even if some gags aged worse than the others it manages to keep up the pace until the end. Hepburn is so pretty and elegant, but her overacting was quite annoying at times. And she's got to eat something, for heaven's sake.