Klute Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Greenspun
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Pakula, when he is not indulging in subjective camera, strives to give his film the look of structural geometry, but despite the sharp edges and dramatic spaces and cinema presence out of Citizen Kane, it all suggests a tepid, rather tasteless mush.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
With Fonda and Sutherland, you have actors who understand and sympathize with their characters, and you have a vehicle worthy of that sort of intelligence. So the fact that the thriller stuff doesn't always work isn't so important.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 23, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
April 22, 2005
Fonda won an Oscar. Roy Scheider is her nasty pimp!
| Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 15, 2009
One of the most important and influential movies of the early 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
August 30, 2009
[Fonda] makes all the right choices, from the mechanics of her walk and her voice inflection to the penetration of the girl's raging psyche. It is a rare performance.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
For once, a genuinely psychological thriller.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 29, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 23, 2002
A gripping suspense thriller; Fonda tough and vulnerable deserved her Oscar here.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Klute was fresh when it came out in the 1970s, but time has taken away much of its boldness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 7, 2002
An exciting murder-mystery story that serves as a fascinating study of the complex inner life of an attractive call girl, played by Jane Fonda.
Jeremy Heilman
June 9, 2002
Thanks to its complexities of character and morality, Klute creates a proposition for the audience in which there's no such thing as simple pleasure, even if we're paying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 12, 2004
A knock-out
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Atkinson
November 6, 2001
Even today it remains difficult to over-praise the depth and reality Fonda brought to her character, or to overstate how completely she set the pace for actresses in the '70s.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 29, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Fonda and Sutherland sizzle. A great story too.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
February 21, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
March 26, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Karli Lukas
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001
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