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Copycat (1995)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Dr. Helen Hudson (Sigourney Weaver), a psychiatrist famous for her writings about serial murderers, is nearly killed by obsessed psychopath Daryll Lee Cullum (Harry Connick Jr.). As a result of this trauma, Helen becomes a drunken, pill-taking agoraphobic who can't leave her San Francisco apartment. After a series of bizarre murders, she calls the police suggesting that the murders were the work of a serial killer. Detective M.J. Monahan (Holly Hunter) and her assistant Ruben (Dermot Mulroney)


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Apr 28, 1998

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (9) | DVD (6)

Copycat, despite two tough-babe leads to kill for, flies in more directions than scattered kitty litter.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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[Gives] Weaver equal billing with everyone's favorite Southern spitfire, Holly Hunter. Teaming up these heavyweights is the genius notion of Copycat, a solid serial-killer thriller elevated by phenomenal acting. [Blu-ray]

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

It's not the kind of title that anyone would seek out, but it's a fine movie if you're just going to be watching a little TV.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A striking, consistently engaging thriller...

August 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There are so many numbskull moves by almost every character, it becomes more of an exercise in frustration than an enjoyable viewing experience.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Great cast but too nasty-tempered to elevate it from its sordid serial killer roots.

July 29, 2007 | Comment (1)
Echo Magazine

Not -half-bad serial killer thriller. A great cast helps immeasurably.

April 3, 2005

Boasts fine performances by Hunter and Weaver, but it's the inept work of the villains that keeps it from really coming alive.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source:

Entertaining -- for all the wrong reasons -- thriller,

November 20, 2003 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Chilling serial killer thriller. You will never look at Harry Connick Jr the same way again.

February 4, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

One of the more watchable 'elaborate serial killer' movies

January 24, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Has too many characters and needless plot twists -- padding in between corpses.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Copycat

I've been meaning to see Copycat for years and now that I have I can't say I'm disappointed. The early to mid 90's where full of films like this, Copycat itself loosing out to Se7en that came out at the same time. Se7en is a far superior film that raised the standard in the thriller genres, it was about time too but Copycat was also better than most. It's one of the last of the guilty pleasures, not quite Se7en and not quite Silence of the Lambs but still fun.
March 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

Gripping serial killer thriller that was overshadowed by the release of Se7en a month earlier. Weaver is an agoraphobic psychologist that specialises in serial killers. Holly Hunter is a detective with three similar and unsolved murders on her hands. It soon becomes apparent that these murders are copycat killings. The film is a bit disjointed in its who-done-it first act, before just revealing the killer to the audience. The does eventually work out in the film's favor as it becomes more of a character piece. Patton is wonderful as a jealous ex-lover of Hunter, one that spars verbally with Mulroney, but soon becomes a tragic and sympathetic character. Connick Jr. does well in a batshit bonkers role. The acting and characters carry the movie, even if the material becomes stretched. It's predictable and surprising in equal measure, but contains wonderful moments, such as an unrelated shooting, which intrude on the main plot, but flesh out the characters. Didn't bore me once.
August 15, 2010

Super Reviewer

Ive seen this a fair few times and still think its brilliant!
I Think its clever stylish, different, and exciting with a great cast and great performances especially from Sigourney weaver!
It keep me glued to my seat and though it did get a bit predictable it was still and really enjoyable and great thriller movie that is completely different to any movie ive seen before !
Sigourney weaver plays an acraphobic where shes frighten to go outside because of a previous frightfull experience but she then starts getting haressed by a murderer who has now turned to hurt her, so whilst under protection she try's to find out who it is !
A really good movie exciting thrilling and enjoyable completely worth a watch!
September 16, 2009
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