Reviews

Dec 30, 2006
Nov 19, 2002
A movie as glossily silly -- and guiltily pleasurable -- as a waiting-room fashion magazine.
Nov 15, 2002
I found myself capitulating to its inspired formalist madness -- something I've resisted in [De Palma's] films for the past 30-odd years.
Nov 11, 2002
A wonderful ride.
Nov 10, 2002
Nov 10, 2002
Femme Fatale is not the director's best work ever, but it is as good as we've seen him be in much too long a time.
Nov 9, 2002
De Palma has provided enough ripe flesh, split-screen mayhem, and dreamlike imagery to power six films noir.
Nov 8, 2002
No normal person should hurt himself trying to follow the thing.
Nov 8, 2002
Great over-the-top moviemaking if you're in a slap-happy mood.
Nov 8, 2002
At least Femme Fatale has an apt title - "femme" because it's about a woman and "fatale" because it makes you want to jump out a window.
Nov 7, 2002
A feast for hard-core movie or De Palma buffs (and Romijn-Stamos junkies) but a famine for anyone looking for a good story.
Nov 6, 2002
Pretty amusing when the director apes Hitchcock, and pretty awful when he apes himself.
Nov 6, 2002
More tawdry than titillating, what should have been sultry is more often skanky.
Nov 6, 2002
Sexy and passably entertaining, with a plot that's too clever by half.
Nov 6, 2002
De Palma -- a master of kinky, delirious visuals -- hooks you good.
Nov 6, 2002
It's the best bad movie out there.
Nov 6, 2002
The rest of the plot is impossible to explain without blowing whatever tension there is, although it's more comedy than suspense De Palma creates.
Nov 6, 2002
De Palma fools around with split screens and slo-mo, but no amount of cinematic artifice can varnish over the fact that this is simply a bad film.
Nov 6, 2002
It's a sexy, violent, glamorous, sinfully funny movie with a surface as hard and brilliant as diamonds.
Nov 6, 2002
The director's many dodges and turns add up to little more than a screenful of gamesmanship that's low on both suspense and payoff.