YMMV / Rear Window

  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Stella questions how Thorwald would've killed his wife. "Of course, the bathtub! It's the only place he could've washed the blood!" What other Hitchcock film was released six years after Rear Window? Psycho.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
  • Paranoia Fuel: Are your neighbors who you think they are? Could they be watching your every move through your window?
  • Special Effect Failure: Jeff falling out of the window looks unmistakably like a chroma key effect. Plus, when everyone runs out into the courtyard to see this, it seems pretty obvious that they filmed the scene at normal speed and sped it up in post.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Despite his actions, Thorwald gets a teeny-tiny bit of this. Rather than being a completely cold-blooded killer, it seems he was driven to it by his shrewish wife, and when he confronts Jeff, he's pathetic and pleading rather than menacing "What do you want from me? Money? I don't have any money!"
  • Values Resonance: The owner of the murdered dog has a rant about how hardly anyone in the neighborhood really communicates with one another or seem to care about each other and how her dog was "the only thing that ever liked anybody!" Fast forward about 60 years and people have more distractions from genuine human communication (especially neighbors).