“ Hitchcock actually regretted filming the breathtaking sequence where an innocent young boy naively takes a bomb on a London bus, after negative critical response.
“ Intensely absorbing early Hitchcock, highly relevant today .
“ Enjoyable despite the dopey characters .
“ This movie is not without its flaws, but it's a solid story and a thrilling ride.
“ Extremely boring 1936 film warning of acts of sabotage.
“ Released in 1936 - This intriguing early film directed by Alfred Hitchcock contains a great opening scene where the electrical power goes off all over London, which is caused by a willful act of sabotage.
“ Surprisingly dark and completely suspenseful as Hitchcock throws a few uncharacteristic curves our way.
“ It also comments on the fact that certain depictions of death can be entertaining while others (such as the death of a young boy we've come to know quite well) exist within a very different context.
“ I also really liked the intense scene in the dinner table, that Hitch accentuates with his beautiful camera movement.
“ In spite of what was for him an embarrassing flaw, Sabotage is a very enjoyable and effective thriller, not among the greatest of his British period, but certainly worth watching.
“ Highly enjoyable .
“ Whether or not it's new is not an issue, it's all about the underlying technique that still keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.
“ The sinister plots are well laid out and the film moves at a quiet pace, all leading to an unexpected conclusion.
“What we get instead is an extremely dull, moody black and white film of a couple running a movie house in London.
“ The infamous package scene alone makes Sabotage worth watching.
“ His tempo is deceivingly measured, but he lurches mercilessly to his climaxes and makes the effect intense and unexpected.
“ And the audience hangs on the edge of their seat waiting to see if a little boy and a puppy will be blown to hell......
“ Engaging drama.
“ Hitch made a lot of highly enjoyable garbage and this was only one of many on the way to being one of the most over-rated hacks in movie history.
“ The mood is sombre, with wonderfully intense performances from Homolka and Sidney as an admittedly unlikely central couple.
“ This is an extremely intense film, where the tension goes on increasing in the usual Hitchcock manner.
“ These rare shades of gray make for all the more engaging a film.
“ the kid really is in danger' and I was on the edge of my seat as the appointed detonation time approached.
“This excellent beginning immediately grabs the viewer's attention as Sabotage's gripping, well-crafted story gets underway, moving the action along at a fine clip.
“ In my opinion the film was slow to start, and the lighting was too dark and too many shadows.
“ The ending of this bubble of tension is thrilling while at the same time horrifying.
“ Desperately she will try to assume her own path and confess, only to be confounded and captured by Spencer his hand gripping her wrist more tightly than any handcuff.
“ You have a wife who is a little slow to catch on and a little too restrained after the big event.
“ In most suspenseful moments in Hitchcock films, that which we feared was going to happen, is averted at the last moment.
“ Unfortunately, with the exception of a couple of scenes, the film is rather slow and sedate, and is only of interest because it's one of Hitchcock's early pre-Hollywood efforts.
“ Some reviewers consider the actual explosion anti-climactic; I think how the film moves up to that point and the results that come after it make the scene quite horrifying, quite stunning considering the events and horrors of the next decade because of the rise of Nazi power in Europe.
“ Hitchcock has a habit of feeding into state propaganda, and in this case he exploits his audience's fears of a pernicious, evil adversary.
“ A minor Hitchcock film can still be engaging, only its aftertaste tends to be a shade astringent.
“ It's one of those few times I was actually on the edge of my seat.
“ The package scene makes it worth watching .
“ For example, we've all seen the moment in a film when one of the innocents is unknowingly describing the hero to the film's villain (whose usually occupied with some mundane activity), we get that moment of realization in the villain's eye as he glances up.
“But one can certainly call it one of the most intense and suspenseful ten minutes from any film.
“ For those of you who say it's dated or boring, or not much character development, keep in mind when this was made, and don't judge a foreign film from 1936 by the standards of today.
“It has many flaws, but also contains one of the best, most suspenseful scenes you'll find in a Hitchcock film.
“ Quite an unexpected gloom from early Hitch .
“ What could make the story more suspenseful than placing danger in the hands of someone so innocent?
“" Equally fascinating is the sequence where Verloc imagines the destruction of Piccadilly Circus.
“ Two men having a conversation and a bomb underneath the table explodes will provide fifteen seconds of surprise but if we know that the bomb will explode at 1 o'clock, their conversation becomes more fascinating and we're literally hung to what happens on the screen, we just want them to get out, then suspense provides fifteen minutes of suspense.
“ This film is full of the suspenseful intrigue and surprising twists that have become synonymous with the name Alfred Hitchcock.
“ It is tightly directed by Hitchcock and is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
“ The element of time being painstakingly drawn out during a suspenseful scene.
“ Enjoyable cartoon sequence belongs to ¨Who killed cock Robin ?
“ As compelling and as relevant to our age as it was to 1936 .
“ And who would expect such a disturbing and utterly thrilling ending from an early Hitch film that starts with a quite funny episode of a crowd demanding their money back because of outage?
“ "Sabotage" becomes an intriguing psychological drama even after the early revelation of the parts his key characters play in the story.
“ There are two particularly riveting sequences.
“ Sabotage is a ho-hum sort of affair, unevoking, callous and unmemorable.
“There aren't any quality characters, Sylvia Sidney in particular is as bland as can be and may as well not even be there.
“ Sabotage is an absolutely gripping film about the dual life of a terrorist who operates a movie house in London.
“ A minor Hitchcock film can still be engaging, only its aftertaste tends to be a shade astringent .
“ It is worth watching if you are interested in Hitchcock's work.
“And perhaps most amazing is the long and unbearably suspenseful journey of young brother Stevie across London, unaware that he's carrying a ticking time bomb.
“ A Suspenseful Thriller .
“ Her eyes alone were worth watching.
“ In both movies, the female lead was just on the edge of making a confession when abrupt dismissal by the authorities led them to a different conclusion about the murders.
“" He is equally slow to catch on to the idea of bombing Picadilly Circus.
“ "Sabotage" is one of Alfred Hitchcock's least known features, but it is part of a string of fine films he made during his last few years in England, and is well worth watching for any Hitchcock or thriller fan.