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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
| Original Score: 1/5
Rob Blackwelder
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.
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
May 6, 2005
De Palma at his best
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
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
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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