I think it's a very good review... That I happen to agree with.
As for Hitch, I don't know why. Few of his films interest me and, even those that do, I don't go for them the way others/most do. I don't go for suspense and I don't find his films tense. I've always been impatient with suspense. You're usually sure what's going to happen anyway (will they get there in time? will they find the thing? etc) so, if I'm not enjoying the ride, I'm just sat there going "C'mon! Stop pissing about and get on with it!"
Then there's the casts. I don't usually care for his stars and, before people start banging on about Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Henry Fonda and whoever else I've not mentioned, yes, I mean those people. I don't necessarily hate them or even dislike them (well, not all of them, anyway) but I don't care for them. At best I'm indifferent towards them.
It doesn't help that some of his best work happened during the 50's which, for reasons I don't know or understand, I really don't like. I don't like the films, the art, the literature, the fashion, the music or anything else that springs to mind. That's not to say I hate everything that happened or that there aren't think I like, Marilyn Monroe, for one
, but I like Marilyn the icon. Niagara is, probably, the only Marilyn film that I really like.
Also you quite like Rope and The Trouble With Harry don't you? Were would they rank?
They'd probably be third and fourth, in the order you put them, maybe with Lifeboat rounding out the top 5? I've not seen it for a long time, though, so it could be Rebecca. I will say that there's a big gap between 3 and 4.