Copycat (1995)



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A serial killer stalks the streets of San Francisco; unlike his many predecessors does not choose a distinctive, identifying pattern. No, this killer prides himself on his unoriginality: he is a copycat, recreating the violent murders of some of the country's most notorious serial killers, his heroes. On the case, is criminal psychologist Helen Hudson who is the reigning expert on serial killers; she has also become agoraphobic after having too close of a brush with killer, Daryll Lee Cullum. … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ann Biderman, David Madsen, Frank Pierson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 28, 1998
Warner Home Video


as Helen Hudson

as M.J. Monahan

as Ruben Goetz

as Peter Foley

as Nicoletti

as Daryll Lee Cullum

as Susan Schiffer

as Pachulski

as Cop No. 1

as KXBU Anchorman

as SWAT Commander

as Chinese Kid

as Festival Girl

as Photographer

as Peter's Mother

as Tech Guy 1

as Attorney

as Felix Mendoza

as Chinese Detective

as Head Waiter

as Coroner's Man

as Festival Dude

as Commissioner Petrill...

as Landlady

as Michelle

as Man In Corridor

as Haircut Man

as Bodger The Cop

as Uniformed Policeman

as Disturbed Tenant 1

as Coroner's Man

as Disturbed Tenant 2

as Disturbed Tenant 3

as Disturbed Tenant 4

as Male Jogger

as Screaming Woman

as Attorney

as Dock On-Looker

as Paramedic

as Victim In Car At Gas...
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Critic Reviews for Copycat

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (12)

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

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

[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]

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
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.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

A striking, consistently engaging thriller...

Full Review… | August 8, 2011
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.

Full Review… | August 5, 2011
Movie Metropolis

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

July 29, 2007
Echo Magazine

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.

Anthony Lawrie

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.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

An ok thriller.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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