Juan said not to give this a five star review
Honestly if you neglect the fact that Hitchcock made this exact film forty years earlier, its a great piece of cinema. It manages to be slightly more graphic then the original, and while still maintaining a "shot-for-shot" remake Gus Van Sant takes a few brilliant liberties. I believe he made this version of the film just to prove how bullet proof and timeless the script is. I wish more directors would pay homage to cinema like this instead of just remaking films for hollywood licensing rights.