Parents' Guide to

North by Northwest

By David Gurney, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Witty Hitchcock thriller piles on suspense and innuendo.

Movie NR 1959 131 minutes
North by Northwest Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 15+

A true classic, unlike Citizen Kane

Unlike Citizen Kane, North by Northwest is a true cinematic masterpiece that has clever dialouge. It truely blends Comedy and Drama while still being a movie that should be taken seriously. I think older children would be better though, solely because of some brief images of violence, and older audiences are more likely to follow and understand it

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 11+


Great Movie 11+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (24):

Sure to entertain viewers with even the most diverse of tastes, the film is a true cinematic pleasure with an impressive pedigree. North by Northwest is consistently light and comic. Some sort of silly comment or joke relieves even the tensest scene. Cary Grant is superb as Thornhill. The character demands large tonal shifts, from mama's boy to suave sophisticate, from terrified man on the run to indignant pawn of the government, and Grant pulls it all off convincingly. Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) is a perfect foil for Thornhill's man under pressure. She's cool and mysterious, leaving Thornhill unsure of whether to trust her for much of their time together.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate