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Dressed to Kill Reviews

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September 9, 2015
C-grade exploitation executed in A-plus form.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 13, 2002
Hitchcock-lite
| Original Score: 1/5
August 19, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 5, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 0/5
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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January 26, 2006
Ultimately, the film amounts to little more than a consummate study of suspense technique, all dressed up with nowhere to go.
July 20, 2016
Dressed to Kill finds an ultimate shame and gravitational fatalism in performed sexual desire.
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
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
July 16, 2004
An A for style, a D for substance, with a plot that makes no sense at all.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 21, 2015
A stylish, but dated thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 6, 2005
De Palma at his best
| Original Score: 3/5
July 17, 2008
De Palma at his best.
| Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2006
Dressed to Kill (1980) is a flat-out masterpiece.
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.
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
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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