Obsession (1976)

Brian DePalma's spin on Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo casts Cliff Robertson as widower Michael Courtland, who meets an enigmatic young woman (Genevieve Bujold) who is an exact double of the wife he lost 16 years ago.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 1, 1976
DVD Release Date: June 26, 2001
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Walter Goodman
New York Times

Whatever shred of credibility the movie retains is dispersed by the final, dead serious directorial hocus‐pocus.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Another of De Palma's fearlessly experimental whims.

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David Nusair
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Brian De Palma's (mostly unsuccessful) riff on Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo...

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Subtlety is a not a term that can often be applied to DePalma's work, but it's this uncharacteristic restraint that helps make "Obsession" his masterpiece.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

In spite of Vilmos Zsigmond's overrrated, overly diffuse photography, this is a surprisingly poignant mystery about love, loss and, well, obsession.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

DePalma as he starts spiralling into sub-Hitchcock.

Fernando F. Croce

A slow-motion valse, a thesis on aestheticism, a raid on the fabrication of illusions

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Solid DePalma, which means it is very mediocre Hitchcock.

Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

...Not the deeply felt soul-searcher that is Vertigo.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Good suspense movie - I have to admit I had guessed the twist half way through, but it still threw up enough doubt to have me not quite sure! Really well filmed… More
Conner Rainwater
I think I like and enjoy Obsession a lot more than I do Vertigo. Sure, it doesnâ??t have anything on Hitchcockâ??s experience, but this was one of Brian De… More
Ken Stachnik
Beautifully shot, but it feels like Vertigo lite...but creepier.
Tim Salmons
It might take me a couple of viewings to get this one. I was very very bored and nearly fell asleep during this one, and I'm a huge fan of Vertigo.
jay nixon
Solid Vertigo inspired thriller with good performances and beautiful locations.
Stephen M
The Brian De Palma movie most overtly in thrall to Hitchcock, and the closest he's come to direct plagiarism. De Palma and Paul Schrader's borrowings… More