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By Kathryn McGarr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Suspenseful but slow-moving Hitchcock thriller.

Movie NR 1946 102 minutes
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The Ultimate Espionage Film...

Alicia Huberman's father has recently been convicted for treason against the US. He was helping the Nazis obtain inside information in WWII. This makes Alicia useful to the US Government: they want her as an inside agent in the Nazi regime. She has fallen in love with agent T.R. Delvin, so she agrees to endear herself to a key Nazi and obtain information. But as she gets deeper inside the regime, the danger mounts. This is truly an explosive tale, and the perfect spy movie, filled to the brim with suspense, thrills, and passion. It's not a good movie for young kids (many scenes of passionate kissing, but nothing sexual; tons of drinking and lots of mentions of alcoholism), but for preteens and up, it will make for a wonderful cinematic experience.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

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Hitchcock directed it, critics acclaimed it, and Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman are only the tip of the talented cast. So what makes NOTORIOUS less appealing than other films with the same parameters? Well, it moves painfully slowly. Its snail's pace might be a filmic reflection of Alicia's drawn out suffering. Even if it can easily claim this -- and more -- in artistic merits, the film will make you downright drowsy. Do not operate heavy machinery while watching it.

Devlin and Alicia's romance is predictable given what we expect from attractive leads, but you might wonder if you missed something. Their on-screen romance is quite sudden and short-lived. Still, inevitable tension results when Ms. Huberman becomes Mrs. Sebastian. The master of suspense does deliver on that count. By the end of the film, it doesn't look so good for Alicia and, though sedated, you might be biting your nails in anticipation of a potentially unfortunate finale.

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