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This fun, silly thriller written and directed by Michael Crichton manages to combine the dramatic murders of beautiful models, a secret conspiracy to use TV commercials for mind-control, and an unusual seeing-eye device which makes the wearer invisible. Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts (Albert Finney) becomes the prime suspect after two models on whom he operated are killed. Larry becomes suspicious because both of the women came into his office asking for very precise and seemingly unnecessary physical alterations. Agreeing to operate, because the women's jobs depended on the surgery, Larry must now clear his own name and save his life and career. With the aid of a friend and model Cindy (Susan Dey), Larry discovers and foils the plot led by corporation-head John Reston (James Coburn). Larry must then fight for his life against Reston's thugs who are equipped with the devices, called "Lookers." This is good, if silly fun and Albert Finney does his best with a somewhat implausible script. … More
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Critic Reviews for Looker
The plot is pretty silly but Mr. Crichton's handling of it is even sillier, though it is bold.
This confusing, silly story from writer-director Michael Crichton concerns hypnotic TV commercials, models, and stun guns.
...there's little doubt that Looker would've worked a whole lot better as a novel...
If Crichton meant Looker as a satiric comedy, as he says he did, it doesn't come off as a very pointed or very funny one.
Weak and dated today, it was one of the first films my family rented after purchasing one of those cutting edge VCRs (you know, the one with the remote control with a cord).
Hopelessly outdated and borderline ridiculous medical thriller about cloned fashion models.
Clever, fairly effective thriller.
This is the kind of shoddy time-filler that Oscar-calibre actors clearly do only to pay the rent. Plenty of unintentional giggles though.
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