Klute (1971)

The first part of his "paranoia trilogy," Alan J. Pakula's 1971 thriller details the troubled life of a Manhattan prostitute stalked by one of her tricks. Investigating the disappearance of his friend Tom Gruneman (Robert… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 25, 1971
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

A movie resolutely of its moment that still surges with third-rail electricity ...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

With Fonda and Sutherland, you have actors who understand and sympathize with their characters, and you have a vehicle worthy of that sort of intelligence. So the fact that the thriller stuff doesn't always work isn't so important.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the most important and influential movies of the early 1970s.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

[Fonda] makes all the right choices, from the mechanics of her walk and her voice inflection to the penetration of the girl's raging psyche. It is a rare performance.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Pakula, when he is not indulging in subjective camera, strives to give his film the look of structural geometry, but despite the sharp edges and dramatic spaces and cinema presence out of Citizen Kane, it all suggests a tepid, rather tasteless mush.

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TV Guide

Sutherland is either an excellent sounding board for this nuanced portrait or he's a big zero, probably both. Fonda, however, transcends her limitations, making the most of her often forced quality as an actress.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

For once, a genuinely psychological thriller.

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Emanuel Levy

Playing a complex, sharpy written part, Jane Fonda won the Best Actress Oscar for her strongest dramatic performance in Alan Pakula's well mounted drmataic thriller

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Fonda is simply a revelation, beautiful, sassy and streetwise, and yet hauntingly vulnerable. She deserved her Oscar in a role she has never bettered.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Some of the best cinematography ever - I love the look of this film. Maybe Jane's finest turn. As a suspense thriller however, it's just OK.
Drew Smith
What probably read as a pretty uninteresting story is brought to stunning, sanguine life by Alan J. Pakula. The plot is thin and unsatisfying, and I don't… More
Spencer S.
Astonishingly this thriller is one of the creepier films, not to be placed in the horror genre, that I have ever seen. Between the childlike voices in the… More
Aj V
I really liked Fonda and Sutherland together in this movie. It combines a detective movie and one of those falling in love with a call girl movies. It's… More
Bathsheba Monk
The most interesting thing about this movie (viewing it in 2012) is the idea people had back then that being free of human entanglements was the only thing… More
Conner Rainwater
Such a great movie and one of the best thrillers to ever exist. While it's mainly a story about Bree Daniels, call girl extraordinaire, it has an ever so… More