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  1. Andy's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Hitchcock's tense story of doomed strangers stranded together still stands strong almost 80 years later. The film is innovative in its way of presenting normal people under extraordinary circumstances along with a fierce performance from Tallulah Bankhead (in maybe her best role) and the rest of the cast. This early Hitchcock flick proved why his stories are still universal and remains amongst my favorite of his work

  2. A.B. II: The Return's rating of the film Lifeboat

    In my view, this is one of Hitchcock's most underappreciated masterworks. Besides being a prime showcase for his talents as a visual storyteller and handler of claustrophobic settings, the Master utilizes every suspenseful element of the story, from the survival aspect to the mysterious and unpredictable Willi. Add in all the engaging dramatic subplots, and you a thoroughly gripping piece of cinema.

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film Lifeboat

    >>> Excellent huis clos, ouvert sur la mer et la mort, qui est avant tout une prouesse technique indéniable dans laquelle se complait le grand Alfred... www.cinefiches.com

  4. Peter Tran's rating of the film Lifeboat

  5. Viginti_tres's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Hamstrung by the need to be at worst politically neutral (The final shot is stamped with an ad for War Bonds 'Availible now in the Lobby') what could have been a cutting metaphorical concept becomes merely the staging for classic disaster suspense.

  6. Tudor Rachieru's rating of the film Lifeboat

    I liked that it touched the subjects of survival, morality, materialism, class and VERY LITTLE race. I didn't like that it was a bit propagandistic(?) BUT the ending gave a nice twist when the characters on the lifeboat saved a Nazi vs. the final line which sounded as if killing him (and all like him) was the right solution. Also, a nice touch was the the storm followed by a sunny day with the Captain singing.

  7. SoulBrotherNo1's rating of the film Lifeboat

    7/10 - Interesting experiment by Hitchcock, really tense.

  8. marco's rating of the film Lifeboat

  9. SpacePirate's rating of the film Lifeboat

    I love the claustrophobic feel of this film. Hitch really hit full stride in the late 30s-early 40s. Cronyn is great in his supporting role. Really the entire cast adds subtleties to their characters which make the film memorable. At times this feels more like a noir than a Hitch thriller, due to the overwhelming sense of dread. Somewhat weak ending prevents me from giving a full 5. 4.5 stars

  10. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Clásica la fórmula sobre personajes disímiles coincidiendo en un espacio, discrepando, entrando en conflicto, para luego cuestionar o reflexionar en base a sus posturas. Desde dicha premisa "Lifeboat" puede ser interpretado como una road movie o individuos forzados a convivir de un punto a otro. Es la ruta que pesa sobre la conciencia.

  11. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Hitchcock strips humans of their clothes, removing rational thought and logic, leaving only the basic hungers. As the film moves, the characters and I walk into insanity and deterioration together.

  12. Blumes's rating of the film Lifeboat

    "Dying together is more personal than living together."

  13. Warren Spratley's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Sublime. We get so many symbols early on, remnants of society removed from their context, slowly moving through that immense nothingness represented by the sea. Here is a film entirely about the way people(all people) within cultures force meaning onto what is around them. Hitchcock removes his characters' sense of environmental familiarity as a manner of examining whether there is any innate meaning to humanity

  14. mjgildea's rating of the film Lifeboat

    4 1/2 out of 5 stars. A grossly underappreciated Hitchcock gem. Despite the limited scenery, there are some gorgeous shots (namely of an increasingly foxy Tallulah Bankhead) and great performances from an impressive cast. The story moves forward magnificently once it gets past the front-ended horror, A great piece of WWII propaganda also.

  15. TheGaijinRoaming's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Another classic of suspense and tension... I felt distinctly claustrophobic in spite of the action technically taking place on the open water of the oceans.

  16. Nelson Núñez's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Estupenda película que retrata los conflictos y tensiones de la segunda guerra mundial centrándose exclusivamente en un puñado de personajes a bordo de un bote salvavidas, Fantástico el retrato del capitán alemán, tan capacitado y carismático, ajeno a los estereotipos. También me pareció notable el arranque por su contundencia y concisión.

  17. AKFilmFan's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Only Hitchcock could successfully execute a film like this one. Not only does it deal with heavy subject matter but the emphasis on the characters and how they interact makes the film go by so quickly without leaving the boat (and without music).

  18. Hikaru's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Hitchcock's only war film (commercial feature that is) is also a purely aesthetic exercise. Interesting that he chose to represent war in such a limited scope, but nevertheless this film depicts the conflict and flight for survival in a succinct and chilling way. Aesthetically this is a noble effort, but frankly it was quite suffocating by the end (which is probably Hitchcock's point).

  19. yuriwalker's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Poor Connie, she lost everything she had, lol.

  20. Karlo Nuyda's rating of the film Lifeboat

    The less I think about the aesthetics of the film, which were simple (as to force the intimate character interaction) the more I bemoan the political realities behind this Hitchcock piece. The less political and the more symbolic this film could have been: perhaps new significances would seep in.

  21. Mymosh the Selfbegotten's rating of the film Lifeboat

    A claustrophobic potboiler on a boat with an insane German at the helm. The outside world ceases to exist and the action inside the boat is doomed to repeat forever. Hitchcock's contribution to the wartime propaganda effort was a post-apocalyptic science fiction film. This is a precursor to "The Exterminating Angel".

  22. Hazel Cills's rating of the film Lifeboat

    I was much more interested in the subtle, liberal attitudes expressed towards Joe (the only black man on the boat) than I was with the attitudes towards the German for they seemed to be less obvious but tremendously meaningful.

  23. tasha 2202's rating of the film Lifeboat

  24. britney spears's rating of the film Lifeboat

    "So here was a statement telling the democracies to put their differences aside temporarily and to concentrate on the common enemy, whose strength was precisely derived from a spirit of unity and of determination" -Hitch

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