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Dressed to Kill Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
September 9, 2015
C-grade exploitation executed in A-plus form.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 13, 2002
Hitchcock-lite
| Original Score: 1/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
August 19, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 5, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 0/5
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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.
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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.
Michael Snydel
The Film Stage
July 20, 2016
Dressed to Kill finds an ultimate shame and gravitational fatalism in performed sexual desire.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| 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
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
May 21, 2015
A stylish, but dated thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
May 2, 2009
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
May 6, 2005
De Palma at his best
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 17, 2008
De Palma at his best.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 4, 2006
Dressed to Kill (1980) is a flat-out masterpiece.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
December 16, 2002
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
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
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
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