YMMV / Vertigo

  • Adaptation Displacement: Based on an obscure French novel, From Among the Dead by Boileau-Narcejac. Like most books adapted by Alfred Hitchcock, it's long since been overshadowed by the movie.
  • Award Snub: Entertainment Weekly considers Jimmy Stewart's role as Scottie to be the worst Oscar snub ever. Many tend to agree. Of course, Vertigo, and none of Hitchcock's films of the 50s for that matter, were seen as Oscar Bait in their day and Stewart likely never had a chance.
  • Awesome Music: Bernard Herrmann's haunting main title, and "Scene D'Amour".
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Downplayed but there is a strange scene when Scottie is first following Madelline. He sees her in her hotel room, goes in to ask the receptionist about it and she claims no one has used the room today. She even has the key behind the desk to prove it and they inspect the room just to make sure. It's never explained how she left the hotel room and returned the key without the receptionist knowing, and assuming Judy is a real person (some interpret the entire end sequence as All Just a Dream), she shouldn't want to actively evade Scotty; she needs him to follow her to make the plan work.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The fact that the film's leading ladies both named the heroine in Down with Love - which is a Genre Throwback to the 1950s. The character's name is Barbara Novak.
  • Hype Backlash: Not everyone thinks this movie deserved to beat Citizen Kane in the 2012 Sight and Sound Best Films poll, or even to outrank all of Hitch's other movies.
  • Narm: The mental breakdown in the middle of the film can come off like a badly done Disney Acid Sequence.
  • Rewatch Bonus: After The Reveal obviously.
    • You'll notice that Scottie gets all the information about Madeline from her husband.
    • Madeline seems to flirt with Scottie rather a lot for a married woman.
    • Madeline's words to Scottie before her apparent death can now be read as Judy saying goodbye to a man she loved.
    • Right before she runs into the church, you hear Madeline's posh voice slip a little. Judy slips up and can't keep her accent up because she's so distressed at what she's about to take part in.
  • Values Dissonance: The disturbing scenes where Judy is forced to get the same grey suit that Madeleine wore. It's portrayed as disturbing when he bullies her verbally into doing it (as well as having her hair dyed). But the employees in the boutique and hair salon go along with it without question. These days, Scottie would come across as an abusive boyfriend and they would be more likely to call the police than go along with his demands.
  • Vindicated by History: Neither a box office hit (though it recouped costs) nor critically acclaimed (except by Hitchcock's admirers in France) when it was originally released, it is now regarded as one of Hitchcocks' best and most popular films, and by many film-makers and critics as his masterpiece, alongside other essentials made in a 9 year stretch - Rear Window, North By Northwest, Psycho, The Birds.