Colton of The Daily Rotation wrote, "In the year 1959, the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock is just celebrating the success of the spy thriller North by Northwest. As he steps out of the premiere, he’s asked by a reporter “You’re the most famous director of the medium, but your sixty years old. Shouldn’t you quit while you’re ahead?” Instead of taking the comment to heart, he becomes eager to come up with something different for his next project. He soon gets his hands on Robert Bloch’s novel Psycho, a story loosely based on the horrendous crimes of Ed Gein. The subject matter is shocking and gruesome so it’s easy to understand why he was met with immediate and cold rejection from Paramount Pictures. Hitchcock was determined to make Psycho even if it meant making it on his own dollar. Thus begins Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock, an adaptation of Stephen Rebello’s book Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho. The book tells the true story of the director’s battle to shock the world."