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Weird Pull Quote Theater: ‘Hitchcock’

Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'Hitchcock'

And now, it’s time for another installment of Weird Pull Quote Theater!

From: The Village Voice, Vol. LVII No. 48


Criticwire AverageB- (out of 24 critics)

Pull Quote: “Hitch Perfect.”

Author: Kyle Smith, New York Post

Original Quote, in Context“‘Psycho’ analysis of the Master of Suspense is nearly Hitch perfect.”

Why It’s WeirdWell, for one thing, the original quote says the film is “nearly Hitch perfect,” a small but important difference (Smith gave the film a less-than-perfect three out of four star rating). Cutting that single word changes things quite a bit. But even more importantly from a weirdness perspective: the original quote isn’t even from Kyle Smith’s review — it’s from the headline of Kyle Smith’s review (the word ‘perfect’ doesn’t appear in the body of the piece). I guess “A good-natured study in film-nerd humor!” (an actual, ready-made pull quote from Smith’s review) didn’t target the right audience. Oh well. Did no one say “‘Hitchcock’ is a guaranteed ‘good evening’ at the theater!”? Because that would have been fantastic.

This has been another installment of Weird Pull Quote Theater!

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