Psycho Reviews

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."
September 7, 2011
March 26, 2009
Contains nothing to outrage or offend partisans of the original, yet neither does it stand to add much to their appreciation.
February 9, 2006
Hitchcock probably wouldn't tell this story if he was making films today, and he certainly wouldn't tell it this way, with internal 'voices', back projection, minimal nudity and violence.
Top Critic
July 12, 2002
January 1, 2000
So much of Van Sant's 'new' version of the classic remains the same that you sit there shaking your head, mumbling, why, oh, why?
January 1, 2000
A lot less scary!
January 1, 2000
The movie lacks the chutzpah to even be a travesty.
January 1, 2000
Van Sant has cranked up the realism about 20 points, but somehow what he achieves for the effort is a larger sense of banality!
January 1, 2000
The film is polished when it should be edgy and impersonal when it should be seductive.
January 1, 2000
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.
January 1, 2000
It remains the most structurally elegant and sneakily playful of thrillers!
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.
January 1, 2000
The movie is an invaluable experiment in the theory of cinema, because it demonstrates that a shot-by-shot remake is pointless; genius apparently resides between or beneath the shots, or in chemistry that cannot be timed or counted.
January 1, 2000
This is a lifeless, workmanlike project; all tension has been leeched away. Also, it's in color.
December 4, 1998
December 4, 1998