Dressed to Kill
Dressed to Kill (1980)

In this stylish, violent thriller,an unhappy wife, Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson), meets a handsome man in a museum and goes to his apartment for a quick sexual encounter. As she leaves, she is brutally murdered. Kate's son, Peter (Keith… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Originality has never been a high value in the genre-bound aesthetic of filmmaking, but De Palma cheapens what he steals.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

DePalma is not yet an artist of Hitchcock's stature, but he does earn the right to a comparison.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Dressed to Kill remains a prime example of how De Palma is able to marry his awesome technical prowess to the material, using his dazzling feats of cinematic derring-do to propel his stories rather than bury their weaknesses.

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Variety Staff

Despite some major structural weaknesses, the cannily manipulated combination of mystery, gore and kinky sex adds up to a slick commercial package.

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Michael Snydel
The Film Stage

Dressed to Kill finds an ultimate shame and gravitational fatalism in performed sexual desire.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

C-grade exploitation executed in A-plus form.

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Time Out

Ultimately, the film amounts to little more than a consummate study of suspense technique, all dressed up with nowhere to go.

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Eric Melin

A lurid film featuring throat-slashing, overheated lust, and a too-simple reduction of cross-dressing issues for pulpy purposes. But it also uses grand cinematic gestures to relay the dread and guilt of its characters to great effect.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

A stylish, but dated thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Is restraint classy in and of itself? Writer/director DePalma's blatant steal from Hitchcock's 'Psycho' has the feel of a film student… More
Chris Weber
This steamy erotic thriller represent Brian De Palma's lurid homage to Hitchcock's Psycho...and it's quite a film! Psychologist Dr. Robert… More
Alex roy
Well executed thriller with horror and drama elements, Dressed to Kill is an engaging film with a good cast of actors and well thought out characters. I felt… More
Nicki Marie
Didn't mind this, but something about it didn't quite sit right with me. Perhaps I am overanalysing it, but I really got the feeling that the… More
Cory Taylor
For a director regarded as highbrow and artfully mainstream, Brian DePalma can certainly tap into the sleazy turpitude of human nature. The grabber is Angie… More
Melvin White
Bobbi: Don't make me be a bad girl again!† "The Latest Fashion in Murder" Dressed To Kill is a suspenseful, captivating and interesting… More