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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
De Palma at his best.
| Original Score: 4/5
This film should be celebrated as one of those purely cinematic experiences, which these days are all too few and far between.
Originality has never been a high value in the genre-bound aesthetic of filmmaking, but De Palma cheapens what he steals.
All dressed up with no script to go, but a feverish nerve jangler nonetheless.
Despite some major structural weaknesses, the cannily manipulated combination of mystery, gore and kinky sex adds up to a slick commercial package.
Inflates paperback pulp psychology into something like a plot, all the better to demonstrate that filmmaking is an inherently visual storytelling.
| Original Score: 4/4
Dressed to Kill (1980) is a flat-out masterpiece.
Ultimately, the film amounts to little more than a consummate study of suspense technique, all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Brian De Palma is at his Hitchcock-imitating best in this lurid psycho thriller that's an absolute treat from start to finish.
Never gets past looking dressed up like an expensive hooker.
| Original Score: B
De Palma at his best
| Original Score: 3/5
Overrated De Palma, one of the best posters in the history of movies, though
DePalma is not yet an artist of Hitchcock's stature, but he does earn the right to a comparison.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
...DePalma's inventive style and the quality of acting...makes the movie more than just a forgettable horror flick.
Brian De Palma is truly a great filmmaker. Whether you enjoy his work or hate his guts, you got to admit that he's at least brilliant at crafting impressive set pieces.