Dressed to Kill (1980)
Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 6
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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 2
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One of Brian De Palma's most divisive films, Dressed to Kill is a spine-chilling Alfred Hitchcock update for the late 1970s. Sexually frustrated wife and mother Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) visits her New York psychiatrist, Dr. Elliott (Michael Caine), to complain about her unfulfilling erotic life. When she then goes to meet her husband at a museum, she meets an anonymous man whom she follows out to a cab. After an afternoon of satisfying sex, Kate discovers that the man has a venereal
Jan 1, 1980 Wide
Aug 28, 2001
Dr. Robert Elliott
Woman in Coffee Shop
Chase Cab Driver
Museum Cab Driver
Kemper Sam Williams ...
Robert Lee Rush
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Originality has never been a high value in the genre-bound aesthetic of filmmaking, but De Palma cheapens what he steals.
Despite some major structural weaknesses, the cannily manipulated combination of mystery, gore and kinky sex adds up to a slick commercial package.
Ultimately, the film amounts to little more than a consummate study of suspense technique, all dressed up with nowhere to go.
DePalma is not yet an artist of Hitchcock's stature, but he does earn the right to a comparison.
Eerily transcendent, Dressed to Kill is a layered machine of on-target character work and the sort of tension that only the best of the best filmmakers can ratchet.
De Palma at his best.
This film should be celebrated as one of those purely cinematic experiences, which these days are all too few and far between.
All dressed up with no script to go, but a feverish nerve jangler nonetheless.
Inflates paperback pulp psychology into something like a plot, all the better to demonstrate that filmmaking is an inherently visual storytelling.
Brian De Palma is at his Hitchcock-imitating best in this lurid psycho thriller that's an absolute treat from start to finish.
De Palma at his best
Overrated De Palma, one of the best posters in the history of movies, though
An A for style, a D for substance, with a plot that makes no sense at all.
Imperfect but interesting, with a few superb sequences
Botched whodunit with obvious killer, but loads of DePalma style.
It will keep your interest, at least -- if nothing else, it'll remind you that 1980 was really an extension of the overblown 1970s.
...DePalma's inventive style and the quality of acting...makes the movie more than just a forgettable horror flick.
Audience Reviews for Dressed to Kill
- Detective Marino: Well look Miss.. Miss Blake, you're gonna save me a lot of trouble by finding this, this Ted from out of town and getting him in town and downtown and in here to sign this statement as to exactly what he saw and when he saw it.
- Liz Blake: How the hell am I supposed to know where he is?
- Detective Marino: Well if you can't find him I sure can't. And anyway, you got a lot better motivation than I do: your ass.
- Detective Marino: So what were you doing there?
- Liz Blake: I had a job.
- Detective Marino: Who?
- Liz Blake: You want me to get in trouble don't you?
- Detective Marino: You are in trouble.
- Liz Blake: Hey, I didn't kill her.
- Detective Marino: So who were you fucking?
- Liz Blake: Ted, I didn't get his last name. He's from out of town.
- Detective Marino: Oh, oh, that's great. Yeah, Ted from out of town. That's almost as good as the blonde from the elevator.
- Liz Blake: Well, what do you think?
- Dr. Robert Elliott: I think you're a very attractive woman.
- Liz Blake: Would you like to touch me?
- Dr. Robert Elliott: Yes, and no, Yes, because...
- Liz Blake: Well, why don't you?
- Dr. Robert Elliott: I told you why.
- Liz Blake: Oh, that's right. You're a married doctor? I remember now. I think you're full of shit.
- Dr. Robert Elliott: You do? Just because I happen to have personal and professional ethics?
- Liz Blake: Look, Doc, I think you're kind of shy. So, uh... I'm gonna go powder my nose... and when I come back, I hope to find your clothes right next to mine. And if not, we can just get back to the mind fuck.
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