Dressed to Kill
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One of Brian De Palma's most divisive films, Dressed to Kill is a spine-chilling Alfred Hitchcock update for the late 1970s. Sexually frustrated wife and mother Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) visits her New York psychiatrist, Dr. Elliott (Michael Caine), to complain about her unfulfilling erotic life. When she then goes to meet her husband at a museum, she meets an anonymous man whom she follows out to a cab. After an afternoon of satisfying sex, Kate discovers that the man has a venereal disease, but that information becomes a moot point when a razor-wielding blonde woman slashes Kate to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Originality has never been a high value in the genre-bound aesthetic of filmmaking, but De Palma cheapens what he steals."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"DePalma is not yet an artist of Hitchcock's stature, but he does earn the right to a comparison."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This film should be celebrated as one of those purely cinematic experiences, which these days are all too few and far between."
‑ , Film4
"Dressed to Kill (1980) is a flat-out masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"De Palma at his best"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Despite some major structural weaknesses, the cannily manipulated combination of mystery, gore and kinky sex adds up to a slick commercial package."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Eerily transcendent, Dressed to Kill is a layered machine of on-target character work and the sort of tension that only the best of the best filmmakers can ratchet."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"All dressed up with no script to go, but a feverish nerve jangler nonetheless."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Brian De Palma is at his Hitchcock-imitating best in this lurid psycho thriller that's an absolute treat from start to finish."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Overrated De Palma, one of the best posters in the history of movies, though"
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Ultimately, the film amounts to little more than a consummate study of suspense technique, all dressed up with nowhere to go."
‑ , Time Out
"De Palma at his best."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Inflates paperback pulp psychology into something like a plot, all the better to demonstrate that filmmaking is an inherently visual storytelling."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Never gets past looking dressed up like an expensive hooker."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An A for style, a D for substance, with a plot that makes no sense at all."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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