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In Body Double, director Brian DePalma pays homage to the Alfred Hitchcock movies Vertigo and Rear Window, adding a few grotesque touches all his own. Craig Wasson plays Jake, a struggling actor who keeps losing jobs because of his claustrophobia. To make matters worse, his girlfriend has walked out on him, so he has no place to sleep. His pal offers him the use of his apartment for the evening. The apartment happens to be equipped with a huge picture window and telescope, enabling him to spy on his beautiful neighbor Gloria (Deborah Shelton) while she undresses. He also bears witness to her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Is Body Double Brian De Palma's most underrated film or merely a guilty pleasure on my part? Naturally, I make the case for the former."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It's a mystery, a romance, a horror flick, and a straight-faced parody all rolled into one unique little movie."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"Body Double, while not his finest, is the best candidate as Brian De Palma's signature film."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Kinda stupid, really."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"A minor De Palma with a few great moments and a soggy leading man."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Sleaze dominates the thin plot and absurd story line."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...De Palma's expectedly grandiose directorial choices go a long way towards keeping things interesting..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"enough to portend the downfall of civilization... a guilty pleasure"
‑ Christopher Null,
"A gripping murder mystery in which director Brian De Palma offers sly tributes to Alfred Hitchcock."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Uneven, but underrated De Palma effort."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Classic De Palma. Stylish and Sexy."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Emblematizes De Palma's refusal to take Hollywood seriously."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Another sexed-up Hitchcockian thriller from Brian De Palma. Plays much better today than it did in 1984."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"No one can rip off Hitchcock quite like De Palma"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Ultimately, Body Double feels like a film that seems more interested in pleasing itself than pleasing the audience."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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