| Original Score: 1/5
| Original Score: 2/5
| Original Score: 0/5
Originality has never been a high value in the genre-bound aesthetic of filmmaking, but De Palma cheapens what he steals.
Ultimately, the film amounts to little more than a consummate study of suspense technique, all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Inflates paperback pulp psychology into something like a plot, all the better to demonstrate that filmmaking is an inherently visual storytelling.
| Original Score: 4/4
| Original Score: 3/5
DePalma is not yet an artist of Hitchcock's stature, but he does earn the right to a comparison.
| Original Score: 3/4
An A for style, a D for substance, with a plot that makes no sense at all.
De Palma at his best
De Palma at his best.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dressed to Kill (1980) is a flat-out masterpiece.
Despite some major structural weaknesses, the cannily manipulated combination of mystery, gore and kinky sex adds up to a slick commercial package.
It will keep your interest, at least -- if nothing else, it'll remind you that 1980 was really an extension of the overblown 1970s.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
| Original Score: 5/5
...a thriller that may have you turning your head on a couple of occasions and maybe scratching it on a couple of others.
| Original Score: 7/10