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Psycho Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 1, 2012
What Van Sant's film does, tremendously well, is make the material foreign again.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
October 22, 2012
a true labour of love, an homage in such deliriously infatuated thrall to its inspiration that it seems more arthouse folly than studio cashcow - or, to cite the psychiatrist near the end of Psycho, "these were crimes of passion, not profit."
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Already my mother and I mourn the day when some AVID editor will dare to digitally tweak Vertigo, spinning it into a virtual romantic comedy starring computer-directed replicas of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Deserves closer consideration than it received.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
A lot of people may not get the point of recreating a work such as Psycho. I didn't get it, until I saw the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 9, 2004
To my absolute astonishment, I enjoyed the remake more than the original.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
It's surprising to note that this film, mostly well-acted, is somewhat lacking on the technical side, which is what Hollywood usually does best these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
A Psycho that functions perfectly on its own terms while polishing this jewel of a thriller into its own bright new gleam.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Predictably, it's (almost) the exact same film, but I wouldn't say that it's a pointless enterprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
January 1, 2000
Is this film better than the original? The answer is no, not quite, but to my shock, it is just about as good of a remake as could have possibly been expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 6/10
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Vaughn and Heche bring energy and freshness to the parts originated by Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. Heche is so good, in fact, and so frisky and watchable in her role, that after her grisly demise in the shower you miss her for a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
There's so much to relish here that you quickly lose any sense that the remake is some kind of insult to the original.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
This gutsy cinematic experiment is more than just a curiosity. It's an intelligent homage (at times even a spoof) and still a bit of a hand-wringer, even though pop culture has spoiled all the surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
The one actor who stood out from the pack was definitely the rising star of the year, Vince Vaughn, who took Anthony Perkins' superb original performance, and added his own macabre touch of surrealism.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
It remains the most structurally elegant and sneakily playful of thrillers!
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
Van Sant clearly knows that if it ain't broke, don't fix it, and his own smooth touch is neatly sympathetic with his predecessor's.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Van Sant's edgy undercurrents will jolt multiplexers new to the film.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Maybe in 50 years, Gus Van Sant's Psycho will be the classic that needs protection from upstart filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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