Dressed to Kill Reviews

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October 21, 2020
A hysterical nightmare of repressed sexuality and gender identity, it is arguably De Palma's masterpiece, but certainly a film you won't forget.
September 20, 2019
Dressed to Kill is, happily, a very well-made movie which utilizes its various New York City locales splendidly.
April 17, 2019
Sets a fairly low ceiling for how emotionally engaging it is ever going to become.
April 28, 2018
Dressed To Kill is a nail-biting, seat-squirming, stylish murder mystery with a brain.
July 20, 2016
Dressed to Kill finds an ultimate shame and gravitational fatalism in performed sexual desire.
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.
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.
May 21, 2015
A stylish, but dated thriller.
May 2, 2009
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.
July 17, 2008
De Palma at his best.
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.
September 26, 2007
All dressed up with no script to go, but a feverish nerve jangler nonetheless.
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.
September 2, 2006
Inflates paperback pulp psychology into something like a plot, all the better to demonstrate that filmmaking is an inherently visual storytelling.
March 4, 2006
Dressed to Kill (1980) is a flat-out masterpiece.
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.
August 30, 2005
Never gets past looking dressed up like an expensive hooker.
June 17, 2005
May 6, 2005
De Palma at his best
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