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Dressed to Kill Reviews

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Michael Snydel
The Film Stage
July 20, 2016
Dressed to Kill finds an ultimate shame and gravitational fatalism in performed sexual desire.
Eric Melin
October 7, 2015
A lurid film featuring throat-slashing, overheated lust, and a too-simple reduction of cross-dressing issues for pulpy purposes. But it also uses grand cinematic gestures to relay the dread and guilt of its characters to great effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 12, 2015
Dressed to Kill remains a prime example of how De Palma is able to marry his awesome technical prowess to the material, using his dazzling feats of cinematic derring-do to propel his stories rather than bury their weaknesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
September 9, 2015
C-grade exploitation executed in A-plus form.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
May 21, 2015
A stylish, but dated thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
October 17, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
July 17, 2008
De Palma at his best.
| Original Score: 4/5

September 26, 2007
This film should be celebrated as one of those purely cinematic experiences, which these days are all too few and far between.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2007
Originality has never been a high value in the genre-bound aesthetic of filmmaking, but De Palma cheapens what he steals.

TV Guide
September 26, 2007
All dressed up with no script to go, but a feverish nerve jangler nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
September 26, 2007
Despite some major structural weaknesses, the cannily manipulated combination of mystery, gore and kinky sex adds up to a slick commercial package.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
September 2, 2006
Inflates paperback pulp psychology into something like a plot, all the better to demonstrate that filmmaking is an inherently visual storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 4, 2006
Dressed to Kill (1980) is a flat-out masterpiece.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Ultimately, the film amounts to little more than a consummate study of suspense technique, all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 28, 2005
Brian De Palma is at his Hitchcock-imitating best in this lurid psycho thriller that's an absolute treat from start to finish.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 30, 2005
Never gets past looking dressed up like an expensive hooker.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Clint Morris
May 6, 2005
De Palma at his best
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 21, 2004
Overrated De Palma, one of the best posters in the history of movies, though
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
DePalma is not yet an artist of Hitchcock's stature, but he does earn the right to a comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 16, 2004
An A for style, a D for substance, with a plot that makes no sense at all.
| Original Score: 3/5
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