Raising Cain (1992)
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Critic Reviews for Raising Cain
Movies don't get much more De Palma than 'Raising Cain,' and in its new and improved form, it can finally get the praise it deserves.
An off-center carbon copy of De Palma's superb 1980 hit Dressed to Kill, coming off as hokey and jokey rather than clever and suspenseful.
works superbly in its isolated setpieces, even as the film as a whole doesn't quite hang together
From first scene to the unforgettable final sting, "Raising Cain" is hypnotic in its richly devised spell, starkly realistic fears invaded by haunting spurts of dream logic.
...one of the most satisfying entries within De Palma's decidedly erratic body of work.
Audience Reviews for Raising Cain
While not quite as crazy it's main character(s), Raising Cain has some pretty nuts twists and turns. Not DePalma's best, but far from his worst too.
A misunderstood movie that is almost as bizarre and comical in nature as Body Double. Brian De Palmaâ€™s style really shines here, due to the fact that he plays perfectly with insanity. His shots make sense more than they do in some of his other work. To make this what it is though, it wouldnâ€™t be complete without someone like John Lithgow. He gives such a scarily funny performance(s) as a man gone crazy in four different ways. The plot is very much a homage to Psycho, but even more on the edge of insanity. Whether itâ€™s kidnapping babies or dressing like Margot, Carter is quite the multiple personalities victim. I would only suggest watching it if you get Brian De Palmaâ€™s style, otherwise you will be completely lost and write it off as silly.
Very good, once I could figure out what was going on!